Live ReportingBy Emma SandersAll times stated are UKPosted at 2:102:10Barty holdsBarty 1-0 Kvitova*Barty just about survives the point – clipping the net after another strong return from Kvitova, who frustrates herself when her forehand falls short.The Australian then holds with a big first serve.Posted at 2:092:09Break point – Kvitova*Barty 0-0 KvitovaA swift start from Barty,…
Barty just about survives the point – clipping the net after another strong return from Kvitova, who frustrates herself when her forehand falls short.
The Australian then holds with a big first serve.
A swift start from Barty, who moves up to 40-0 with an ace. Kvitova then thumps a return down and Barty sends the next one into the net.
The Czech is aggressive again on the second serve and brings up break point!
Here we go!
*Denotes the server.
It’s been fairly straight forward for both players so far.
Petra Kvitova stormed into the second round after beating Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6-0 and the only set she’s dropped since then was a tie-break in the opening game of her last victory over 22nd seed Maria Sakkari.
It’s been a little trickier for Ashleigh Barty, who fell a set behind to Lesia Tsurenko in the first round before bouncing back. But she whizzed through the next two rounds and held off 18th seed Alison Riske in her last match – despite dropping the second set.
Good evening/morning (who knows what time it is!)
We’ve got a belter coming up. It’s the world number one against last year’s finalist.
This match would definitely make for a good final but only one makes it through to the last four.
Ashleigh Barty has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in Melbourne, while Petra Kvitova struggled with a forearm injury last year and only made the second round at the US Open.
But both players are in form now and eyeing up another Grand Slam.
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