China Open: Ashleigh Barty battles past Petra Kvitova in three-set tie to book place in semi-finals

Barty came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and plays Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.

Agence France-Presse October 04, 2019 13:28:57 IST
China Open: Ashleigh Barty battles past Petra Kvitova in three-set tie to book place in semi-finals
  • World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova

  • Barty emerge victorious after going down in the first set 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

  • Barty, 23, who had strapping on her left calf, was under pressure immediately in the deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.

Beijing: World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

China Open Ashleigh Barty battles past Petra Kvitova in threeset tie to book place in semifinals

Ash Barty

The Australian came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and plays Ukraine's Elina Svitolina or Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.

This was the sixth meeting between Barty and two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, with the Australian winning only one of her previous encounters against the Czech.

Barty, 23, who had strapping on her left calf, was under pressure immediately in the deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.

But reigning French Open champion Barty grabbed the break back immediately and, with the clock ticking past two hours on court, broke Kvitova again for a decisive 5-3 lead.

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