Top seed Ashley Barty, who represented her country as the best chance for a domestic Australian Open champion, lost in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, 1-6, 6-3, 6- to Czech 25th seed Carolyn Mustova. Lost 2. Republic.
Barty started the match in prominence, giving Mukova a set and a 6–1, 2–0 break to lead at the Rod Laver Arena.
Muchova initially took an off-court medical timeout in the second set, in which doctors examined her vital signs and chilled them with ice.
“I had a head spin, so I took a break,” Muchova said in one of her interviews after the match.
After Mustova returned to court, Barty became inconsistent. At 2–1, he made four unexpected errors to leave his serve and level the second set. She finished with 19 unexpected errors in the second set after having only six in the first set.
As Barty faltered, Mustova played with increasing patience and forbearance, followed by a rally in the second set in which he hit five overhead smashes, before Barty made an error.
In the third set, Barty continued to be noticed. He made several errors on shots that should have been simple, not adjusting to Motova’s speed change well. Barty earned three break points to regain her concentration in the final game, but she could not convert any of them.
Muchova won with ace on his first match point. Muchova, a rare player who can match Barty’s all-court play and versatility, was playing in his second Grand Slam quarter-final after making that round at Wimbledon in 2019.
Barty’s departure from a court that drew no fans for the fifth consecutive day was a setback for the tournament. The so-called circuit breaker, imposed by the government due to a small coronovirus outbreak, had fans from the plains for five days following the lockdown, but was allowed to return on Thursday for the semi-finals.
Bardi did not travel internationally when she resumed from her epidemic break last year, but maintained her No.1 ranking as the WTA substantially freeze her ranking system and the French Open in 2019. And winning the WWA Finals did not end up scoring his points.
Barty won a tournament at the Bari Valley Classic held in Melbourne, a week before the Australian Open began. She suffered a left foot injury early in the tournament, forcing her to pull out of the doubles draw to reduce her workload, but it showed some bad effects in the second week of the tournament.
Barty’s exit means that the Australian Open finalists will be left out of the top 20. Muchova will face 22nd seed Jennifer Brady or Unseeded Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals.
No Australian woman has won the Australian Open Singles title since Chris O’Neill in 1978. Barty reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year and won the tournament by defeating Sophia Kainin.