Ash Barty has continued her unbelievable profitable streak on clay by beating Iga Swiatek within the third spherical of the Madrid Open this morning.
The Aussie star is now unbeaten throughout 14 matches on clay, stretching again to her 2019 triumph on the French Open, and is 9-0 towards high 20 opponents this yr. She has extra wins than any girl on tour this season, transferring to 23-3.
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In a battle of the previous two Roland Garros champions — teenager Swiatek gained the title final yr — Barty slumped to 0-3 within the first set however fought again to safe an engrossing 7-5 6-4 victory within the Spanish capital.
The Queenslander saved six of seven break factors within the match as she confirmed off her combating qualities to advance to the quarter-finals, the place she’s going to face Petra Kvitova — who booked her spot within the final eight by beating Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova in three units on Tuesday.
“I mentioned, ‘Mate, that was enjoyable. It will likely be the primary of many’,” Barty mentioned post-match. “Actually loved myself on the market tonight. I loved the problem.
“Iga’s sport is phenomenal. It’s actually, actually spectacular. I really like testing myself and attempting to determine the puzzle and challenges she created for me.”
Barty’s win towards 19-year-old Swiatek comes after she survived a scare within the second spherical, needing three units to overpower world No. 80 Tamara Zidansek.
She lost her temper briefly in that match when a ball off her racquet was initially referred to as in, solely to be overruled on a problem by her opponent.
“ the system is as a lot bulls*** as I do, don’t you,” she instructed the umpire.
Final week Barty gained the Stuttgart Open in Germany, beating Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-0 6-3 within the decider to assert her eleventh profession title.
Not solely did she safe a trophy and 500 world rating factors, Barty additionally landed a Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo — and that might have been what hurt Sabalenka the most.
Requested if she was a velocity fiend and was excited to check the Porsche’s limits, Barty mentioned: “No, driving Miss Daisy over right here.”
“This week’s been phenomenal for me,” Barty added in her post-match press convention. “We’ve performed a variety of tennis, a variety of matches. And I’ve actually felt like I’m taking my tennis to form of a brand new stage, in a way of with the ability to be calm and play with freedom and play with out consequence in a approach, simply going on the market and attempt to deliver my finest each single level.”
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