Tennis Australian Open Ash Barty beaten in quarterfinals

Tennis Australian Open Ash Barty beaten in quarterfinals”

It was the first two sets Barty has dropped during the tournament, which an Australian hasn't won at Melbourne Park since John Newcombe in 1978.

The Australian favourite and top seed cruised through the first set in 25 minutes to defeat Karolina Muchova 6-1 in Wednesday's quarterfinal but then fall apart in the next two sets on Rod Laver Arena.

She will face either Jennifer Brady or Jessica Pegula, both American, for a place in the final. She played like no mistakes. I was a bit lost on the court and my head was spinning, so I took a break. "It was very tough".

She broke again for a 5-0 lead and sealed the set in 24 minutes, with Muchova winning only 11 points, hitting just one victor against 13 unforced errors.

World number three Naomi Osaka will take on USA superstar Serena Williams in the first semi-final on Thursday to book the first spot in Saturday night's final. 6-2 victory in the Australian Open quarter-final.

Early in the second set, Muchova took an injury timeout that lasted almost 10 minutes.

The 24-year-old Muchova called the trainer at 1-2 and he appeared to check her pulse and temperature before a medical timeout was taken. It was more they just checked my pressure because, like I said, I was a bit lost.

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"It helped me. I tried to get back, played a bit faster rallies so we don't play the long ones as in the first set and it worked well".

Asked if she was injured, the 2019 Wimbledon quarter-finalist said: "No".

The world No.27 returned to the court several minutes later and swiftly broke Barty's serve for the first time.

Mixing deep moon balls with delicate backhand drop shots, the Czech grabbed another service break to surge to a 5-3 lead before snaring the set to level the match up.

It was an error-riddled second set for Barty, who made 19 unforced errors and landed just 52 per cent of first serves.

Muchova will face the victor of Wednesday's second quarterfinal - an all-American affair between 22nd seed Jennifer Brady and world No. 61 Jess Pegula.

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