World No 1 Ashleigh Barty reaches Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time after straight sets win over French Open champion Barbora KrejcikovaAshleigh Barty knocked out French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3The world No 1 is one of the favourites for the ladies’ singles title at WimbledonShe is through to her first Wimbledon quarter-final, which will be on TuesdayThe Australian will face Alja Tomljanovic in the last eight of the Grand Slam
For a good while, the most prominent marks made by Ashleigh Barty were on her own thighs. She was beating herself up long before she landed any meaningful blows on Barbora Krejcikova.
It was that kind of win, achieved in flashes of quality and via mounds of attrition.
It won’t send any tremors through the remaining souls in the women’s draw, but steadily if unspectacularly the world No 1 is making progress.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty came through her fourth round match on Monday afternoon
The Australian beat French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets on Court 1
That she takes a place in the quarter-finals, where she will face Alja Tomljanovic after beating Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3, amounts to uncharted territory for the Australian, who has never gone so deep at Wimbledon, but with it she finds herself presented with a fine chance to add a second Slam to the 2019 title won at Roland Garros.
Given the unpredictability of women’s tennis, or depth if you prefer, it is astonishing to note the 25-year-old is one of just three members of the top 18 in the rankings left in the field.
‘It was an incredibly tough match,’ said Barty, who has dropped just one set across her four wins. ‘Barbora has had an incredible year — she’s been one of the toughest players to beat.
‘Being in the quarter-finals, I’m excited. It’s another stepping stone for me. It’s another first. It’s going to be a new situation, a new scenario, one that I’m going to look forward to. It’s a stepping stone to what is one of my biggest dreams. We just keep chipping away.’
Barty will face Alja Tomljanovic in the last eight of Wimbledon following her 7-5, 6-3 victory
Chipping away is apt, given the nature of this win over a 14th seed who, prior to her triumph at the French Open last month, had achieved her most notable successes in doubles.
The Czech broke Barty in only the third game of the match and then failed to convert a break point that would have carried her to 5-2, which served as a momentum shift. Barty was able to level for 4-4 and eventually took the first 7-5, despite accumulating 16 errors in a slog of a set.
Her forehand and an inconsistent serve were the biggest culprits.
Barty’s work in the second set was marginally cleaner and she got the advantage for 4-2 when Krejcikova shanked a forehand. Barty, the 2011 junior champion here, was broken back, but another forehand mis-hit from the Czech at 30-40 in the next game put her in position to serve for the match. She closed with an ace.
‘I love coming out here and testing myself against the best in the world and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be at the moment,’ said Barty.
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