Miami | Barty finally beats Kvitova
Ashleigh Barty can celebrate a major landmark in her career as she enters the top ten in the world following her first win in five meetings over the two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova at the quarter-final stage of the Miami Open.
Petra is someone I respect probably most on tour, she is an absolute champion, a lovely girl and she has always made time for me ever since I was very young on the tour Ashleigh Barty
The Australian No1 overcame a two-hour rain delay to down the Czech third seed 7-6(5) 3-6 6-2 in a three-hour match finishing after midnight local time.
The win also means that Kvitova will not be in contention to snatch the number one spot on the WTA rankings for the first time. She needed to win the title to usurp Naomi Osaka- who lost in the third round to Hsieh Su-wei – from that spot.
The 22-year-old joins fellow Queenslander Samantha Stosur as only the second Australian in the past decade to reach the top 10.
Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik are the only other Australians in the past 15 years to crack the top 10 in the respective men’s and women’s rankings.
Kvitova trailed 3-0 in the deciding set but roared back, breaking Barty to get back on serve. However the Aussie held firm and claimed her place in the semi-finals when her opponent double-faulted on match point.
“Petra is someone I respect probably most on tour, she is an absolute champion, a lovely girl and she has always made time for me ever since I was very young on the tour,” Barty said during her courtside interview.
Barty will face Anett Kontaveit in the semi-finals after the Estonian brought Hsieh Su-wei’s giant-killing run to a dramatic end with a thrilling comeback win over the Taiwanese, triumphing 3-6 6-2 7-5.
Also through to the last four is Market Vondrousova who scuppered her Czech compatriot, the 5th seed Karolina Pliskova, chances, winning comfortably 6-4 6-3.