Barty blinder as Aussie wins again to reach Madrid semis

Ash Barty’s win streak has continued in Madrid, with the Australian world No.1 getting past Petra Kvitova in three sets to win through to semi-finals, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Barty had a blinder of a moment in the quarter-final match-up, when she lost the ball in the sun during the first set, but not even that could stop her from winning again.

She needed one hour, 48 minutes to defeat the Czech to improve to 11-1 in three-set matches she’s played in 2021.

“It’s just always staying in the fight,” Barty said. “Always staying in the hunt and never letting it slide away. That certainly doesn’t guarantee results, doesn’t guarantee success. It guarantees you give yourself the best chance to do what you do and to figure it out and to find your way.”

Barty will face Paula Badosa in the semi-finals. The Spaniard upended No.8 seed Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5 in one hour, 49 minutes. Bencic committed 29 unforced errors in losing to Badosa for the second consecutive time.

“I have to be honest, I was very nervous today,” Badosa said. “Because sometimes these matches are a little bit tricky when you played her two, three weeks ago and you think in your head that you have that opportunity to make a semi-finals. I was quite nervous, but I’m quite happy that I could control all the nerves and I could play my game quite good.”

with Reuters

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