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Kvitova crashes Barty party to reach semi-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A ruthless Petra Kvitova trampled on the hopes of the host nation at the Australian Open on Sunday by thrashing Ashleigh Barty 6-1 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-finals in five years. Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 22, 2019. Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning the match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. REUTERS/Edgar Su The twice Wimbledon champion will meet American sensation Danielle Collins on Thursday for a place in the final, less than two years after bravely…

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Australian Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty hoping for home success against Petra Kvitova

The furthest Ashleigh Barty had reached in a Grand Slam prior to this tournament was the fourth round at the US Open in 2018 Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online. Ashleigh Barty will bid to become the first home female singles semi-finalist at the Australian Open for 35 years when she takes on Petra Kvitova…

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Tennis – Battling Kvitova downs Barty to claim Sydney title

(Reuters) – Petra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday. Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set. The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take…

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WTA roundup: Unseeded Barty continues run in Sydney

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Unseeded Australian Ashleigh Barty continued her surprising run on her native soil on Thursday, sweeping past 10th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Sydney International. The win came a day after Barty, 22 years old and ranked No. 15 in the world, knocked off top-seeded and world No. 1…

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WTA roundup: Barty upsets No. 1 Halep in Sydney

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stunned world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Barty converted four of her seven break chances and struck 26 winners in the 6-4, 6-4 victory, compared to just nine winners by the top-seeded Romanian. It wasn’t the day’s only upset. Qualifier Yulia…

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Simona Halep: World number one loses to Ashleigh Barty at Sydney International

Simona Halep failed to convert nine of her 11 break points in the defeat by Ashleigh Barty Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. World number one Simona Halep’s first match in more than three months ended in defeat by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International. The Romanian, who cut short her…

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Halep falls to Barty in Sydney second round

FILE PHOTO: Simona Halep of Romania at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY/File Photo (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep crashed to a straight-sets defeat against unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. Halep, playing in her first tournament since a back injury cut short her 2018 season, lost 6-4 6-4 in 87 minutes with the result dealing a blow to her Australian Open preparations. Australian Barty, who is ranked…

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Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Ash Barty made a blistering start and rode out a tighter second set to win the WTA Elite Trophy title with a convincing 6-3 6-4 victory over rising Chinese talent Wang Qiang in Zhuhai on Sunday. The 22-year-old Australian beat defending champion and top seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals and picked up where she left off in that match to win the $2,349,363 tournament for the 12 best ranked players who fail to qualify for the WTA Finals. It was Barty’s third WTA title after…

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Barty, Vandeweghe denied chance to celebrate title

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A golden moment for Australian Ashleigh Barty and American CoCo Vandeweghe was tinged with disappointment when tournament officials did not let them speak to the crowd after winning the U.S. Open women’s doubles final on Sunday. Sep 9, 2018; New York, NY, USA; CoCo Vandeweghe of United States (L) and Ashleigh Barty of Australia (R) celebrate with the champions trophy after their match against Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France (both not pictured) in the women’s doubles final on day fourteen of the…

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Pliskova downs Barty to reach U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova fended off eight break points as she overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Sep 2, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic waves to the crowd after her win over Ashleigh Barty of Australia (not pictured) in a fourth round match on day seven of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS While the Czech converted both of…

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