Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ash Barty again shakes nerves to cruise into last 16

Ash Barty again shakes nerves to cruise into last 16

After getting past Tsurenko backlashing from one set down, Barty talked about the constant pressure a Grand Slam like the Australian Open can put on players.

There was a real sense of déjà vu in the early proceedings of Ash Barty's third round Australian Open match on Rod Laver Arena. Rybakina, victor of the Hobart International in the week leading up to Melbourne, did not know how to respond and Barty sealed the first set in 32 minutes.

Ash Barty was in a jovial mood after her latest triumph at the Australian Open, throwing her trainer under the bus in a amusing public humiliation.

While the young Kazakh was still able to carve out a number of opportunities in Barty's service games, the Australian hung tough and refused to give up another break.

The Australian had a bad start to the match when he started first but scored no point when Rybakina made her fall in love.

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"A really tough one". "I felt like I had to be switched on".

"Today was probably my sharpest match I have played this summer", Barty said. The victor of the French Open and WTA Finals previous year has never been beyond the quarter-finals here before, but this looks to be a golden opportunity for her.

No. 14 Diego Schwartzman was the first of the men through the fourth round, beating No. 24 Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7) and could meet seven-time champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. Despite that, I still see Ashleigh Barty winning this match.

Barty next plays either American Alison Riske, the 18th seed who knocked the French Open champion out of Wimbledon at the same stage previous year, or her German doubles partner Julia Goerges on Sunday for a quarter-final berth.

After a disruptive day weather-wise on Day 4, it was mostly sunny at Melbourne Park on Friday.

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