Ash Barty beats Ajla Tomljanovic to reach semi-finals
“It was something I wanted to do, start off right. But also not putting a massive emphasis on the beginning, allowing me not to panic if things don’t start out too well, “he said.
“It was just making my way, as we always do, without putting more emphasis on any point or situation. It just is what it is. Each and every one, I just wanted to try to play as clearly and freely as I could. “
Barty has made no secret of her desire to win her first Wimbledon title, 50 years after Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who also has indigenous Australian heritage, won her first title.
He wears a pioneering FILA outfit inspired by Goolagong’s and his stylish all-court play would never have looked out of place at any time.
Upon reaching the final four, Barty became the first Australian since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 to do so. Jelena Dokic, five years earlier, was the last Australian woman to reach the semifinals.
“This is my dream. I am in an extremely fortunate position to be able to do what I love, to do what I dreamed of as a child. So I think I have a lot of gratitude for being able to come here and do what I love,” he said. Barty.
“The world, the way we live right now, I think it’s amazing that we can play, compete, that people enjoy it with us.”
Barty won the French Open in 2019, becoming the first Australian to do so since Margaret Court in 1973.
But despite winning the Wimbledon women’s title in 2011, she hasn’t always had her best performance on the London turf.
However, this time there is growing confidence in Barty, although 33-year-old southpaw Kerber represents an overwhelming obstacle in the semifinal.
“Angie obviously has an incredible record here. He has made several finals. She is one of the best lawn courtesans out there. I think the challenge of playing her in a Wimbledon semi-final is an incredible opportunity, one that I am very excited about, ”said Barty.
“It’s not scary or overwhelming, it’s just exciting. It is exciting to have the challenge of facing someone who is comfortable on these courts, who knows how to win this tournament. “
Barty was in cruise control in the first set, as his variety of turns and angles puzzled the world number 75.
To his credit, Tomljanovic managed to make some advances in the second set, breaking in the first game and then again to drag himself from 4-1 down.
But Barty was in no mood for overtime and got the job done efficiently without needing top speed, serving a couple of aces while fighting for the win.
Tomljanovic, who will represent Australia at the Olympics, can take comfort in the fact that he will now jump into the world’s top 50.
“It’s really nice to hear that. Not to say that I was panicking, but I was not happy with the course of my qualification, ”said Tomljanovic.
“My main goal is to take advantage of this to the best of my ability. Sometimes I have good results and maybe, I don’t know, I don’t take advantage of all the positive momentum that I can. I really hope this time I use it to my advantage and move on. “
Kerber hires Muchova to make a date with Barty
Germany’s Kerber put on a great show to beat error-prone Karolina Muchova 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals.
Multiple winner Kerber, the 25th seed at the All England Club, reached the quarterfinals having beaten Czech Muchova both times in their two meetings in two weeks in 2019 and never lost control of the match under the roof of the court closed.
Former world No. 1 Kerber, who also won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016, used her forehand immaculately against seed 19 Muchova and also expertly mixed her shots to create chances for winners.
Muchova, who had her left thigh tied, did not help her cause by making 27 unforced errors against the nine winners she made during the 75-minute match.
The Czech was also guilty of not taking advantage of her opportunities, managing to convert only one of the eight break opportunities she had with the left-handed serve.
The 33-year-old Kerber, who came to Wimbledon with a Bad Homburg title in her home country in the run-up and is the only former champion left in the draw, broke Muchova twice in each set.
The German sealed the contest when Muchova hit a forehand long on her second match point.
She fired 15 winners and converted four of her six break point opportunities to reach her first major semi-final since winning the title at Wimbledon three years ago.
In the other half of the draw, Pliskova outscored Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-2 before Sabalenka, one of Barty’s main rivals in 2021, ended Tunisian Ons Jabeur’s streak with a 6-point win. -4, 6-3.
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