Bombshell: Barty, number one, shoots 6-1 and 2-0 against Muchova

Barty fell to a rival who was transformed after being treated for dizziness and sentenced with a 12-3 run. The Czech will face Brady.


Bomb: one more year, Ashleigh Barty will not be able to be a prophet in her land. The player born in Ipswich 24 years ago, current world number one, was eliminated this Wednesday in an incredible way in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open by the Czech Karolina Muchova, who was completely transformed after being treated by the tournament doctors when they trailed 6-1 and 2-0 in the second set. The 24-year-old Czech and 27th in the ranking, qualified for her first Grand Slam semifinal thanks to a 12-3 run with which she won 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2 in 1h: 57. "I felt lost, my head was spinning and I had to ask for help," said the tennis player who will face the Americans Jennifer Brady on Friday, who beat her compatriot and friend Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1 in an ugly game with many errors (61 between the two). It so happens that the two winners of the day suffered a severe confinement of 14 days without going out to train, having been in contact with positive cases of COVID on the flights that arrived in Melbourne.

Barty, who did not play for a year because of his prudence in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, once again disappointed his countrymen, who could not cheer him on at the Rod Laver Arena, the center court that tomorrow will host spectators again, since it is confirmed that the Lockdown decreed by the state of Victoria will end at midnight on Wednesday and restricted public access will be allowed to sporting events.

Ashleigh, the 2019 Roland Garros champion, reached the penultimate round last year in Melbourne and was in the quarterfinals two ago, as has happened this time. Her puncture is more serious if one takes into account that being a local player she did not have to go through quarantine. Although as she explained later, the defeat, which is "disheartening", does not cloud the fact that for her "the start of the season has been very good."


Nobody saw coming the complete blackout that Barty suffered or the fantastic reaction carried out by Muchova, an exponent of the rich Czech school, which does not stop giving good tennis players. The aussie, who won in the duel they both starred in at the 2018 US Open, fell completely apart after her rival was treated for those dizziness that had not allowed her to compete on equal terms in the first set and the start of the game. second. Neither of them had given up a set in the first four rounds. Barty was not helped by the serve, his cut backhand or his usual precision, as he accumulated 37 unforced errors. "A tough day, without a doubt. I would have loved to have done a little better. Yes, today was not my day. We will go back to work and continue trying to grow for tomorrow," said the ranking leader.

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