01/19 22:09 CST The Latest: Barty beats Sharapova at Australian Open
The Latest: Barty beats Sharapova at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open
(all times local):
3: 00 p.m.
Ashleigh Barty's run at her home Grand Slam continued when she advanced to the
quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Maria Sharapova at Rod Laver Arena.
Barty opened the deciding set by breaking Sharapova's serve, helped by two of
Sharapova 10 double-faults in the match. It came minutes after the capacity
crowd lustily booed Sharapova when she returned from an extraordinary long
toilet break after the second set.
Barty broke 2008 champion Sharapova's serve again to lead 3-0, helped by two
unforced errors by the Russian and went up 4-0 while holding serve with four
straight points. Sharapova faced more break points in the next game but held
serve, ending a winning streak of nine consecutive games by Barty.
Sharapova, who beat defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round,
broke Barty's serve in the next game and then closed to 4-3 in a game which
included the point of the tournament --- a 21-shot rally that included great
gets by both players and ended with a wide backhand by Barty.
Barty was forced to save two break points in the next game, but held to go up
5-3. After Sharapova held in the next game, she saved one match point before
Barty ended the 2-hour 22-minute match with an ace.
The Australian will next play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who
beat 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in straight sets in the preceding
match on the same court.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is the first player into the
Australian Open quarterfinals after beating 17-year-old American Amanda
Anisimova 6-2, 6-1 to open play Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.
Kvitova, who had a WTA Tour-leading five tournament wins last year, extended
her winning streak to nine matches after capturing the Sydney International
title last week and her four wins at Melbourne Park this week. She hasn't made
the quarterfinals here since 2012.
Anisimova, one of three American women playing fourth-round matches Sunday,
beat seeded players in the second and third rounds. She was the youngest player
to reach the Round of 16 here since 2006 and the youngest in any Grand Slam
tournament since 2007.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova opens play at Rod Laver Arena on Day
7 of the Australian Open with a match against 17-year-old American Amanda
Anisimova has beaten two seeded players on her way to the fourth round and a
win Sunday would advance her to a quarterfinal against either Ashleigh Barty or
Maria Sharapova, who meet in the following match at Rod Laver.
Rafael Nadal is to play his Round of 16 match against Tomas Berdych. Six-time
champion Roger Federer, playing in his 20th Australian Open, takes on
20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas to open night play.
The weather is mostly sunny with an expected high temperature of 24 Celsius (75
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