Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian Open - Angelique Kerber upset by Danielle Collins in fourth round

Australian Open - Angelique Kerber upset by Danielle Collins in fourth round

"Maria was never going to go away", Barty acknowledged in press.

Sharapova ended Caroline Wozniacki's title defence at Melbourne Park on Friday, however, the five-time grand slam victor was unable to build on that result.

The home hope lost to Kvitova, on a nine-match winning run, in the Sydney International final last week and Barty is enjoying playing in front of a passionate Rod Laver Arena crowd.

Tiafoe, who received treatment on his right forearm at the end of the third set, broke Dimitrov's serve in the 11th game of the fourth then held serve to end the 3-hour, 39-minute match.

Barty, backed by a boisterous Australian crowd, staged a stunning turnaround in the biggest match of her career, beating the 2008 champion to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

The Russian looked to be walking away with it before the late drama in this clash of styles, and the reward for Barty is a quarter final against Petra Kvitova after her straight-set win over 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova.

"I feel like I came back a better person on and off the court, a better tennis player".

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A comeback was always on the cards, and Sharapova almost delivered - recovering from 4-0 down in the deciding set, forcing Barty to serve it out, and saving three match points when she did.

It was like a party at Rod Laver Arena.

Asked if it was a struggle physically to cope with the demand of a slam fortnight now that meldonium is banned, Sharapova said: "Is there another question?"

With a sample size of half a dozen grand slams since she stopped taking it, we're getting to a point where it is legitimate to ask if she can still perform at her optimum for seven matches over a fortnight, as is the rigorous requirement of a grand slam champion. He next plays No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal, the 17-time major victor who didn't let Tomas Berdych on the scoreboard for 1 1/2 sets before finishing off a 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 (4) fourth-round win. "I've come agonisingly close against Petra before. That kind of threw me off, because it was different from my other matches".

"I felt like for me it's to stay in the moment as best that you can", said Barty, who clinched her win on her fourth match point. "We just followed her and now we try to give her back her positive attitude".

Losing the opening set 6-4, the Australian made a fighting comeback in the second and won four times in a row to win to take the match to the deciding set. "I'm in the quarterfinals, let's see what happens now".

Barty's best previous Grand Slam singles result was the third round at the 2017 Australian Open.

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