Ash Barty quarter-final vs Karolina Muchova

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2021

Women's world number one Ash Barty has crashed out of the Australian Open in a shock quarter final upset that's been met with controversy because of the actions of her opponent. 6-2 victory in the Australian Open quarter-final.

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.

Muchová will now take on either U.S. young gun Jessica Pegula or Jennifer Brady who will face off later on Wednesday.

"I was lost at the end of the first set, my head was spinning so I took a break and it helped me", she said on-court.

Barty will be left to rue missing out on another golden opportunity to win her home Slam, just a year after her eerily similar semi-final loss to eventual champion Sofia Kenin.

Not letting up, Barty broke Muchova for a third time in the opening game of the second set to continue her utter domination.

"They cooled me down a bit with ice and it helped me", Muchova said.

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.

Muchova had not dropped a set in the tournament, but that changed against Barty, who worked break points on the Czech's opening serve and converted the second with a forehand victor.

The final set was every bit as gripping as you'd expect an Australian Open quarter-final to be, with Muchova breaking Barty's serve in the first game before the Queenslander squandered multiple break back points in the following service game, losing her serve once more as the match petered out.

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. Barty's momentum was disrupted and Muchova broke back straight away.

However, Muchová took a nine minute medical timeout after the first set - before staging a comeback to gain full control to win the second set 6-4 and clinched the decider 6-2.

The Czech was far more competitive and earned another break for 5-3 then took the set as a lost-looking Barty's error count mounted.

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