Barty crashes out in Australian Open boilover

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 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.

The Australian opened up an early break in the second set to lead 2-0 before Muchova took an extended injury timeout and left the court.

Dellacqua added: I think unfortunately we're going to be talking a lot more about the big break early on in that Barty was magnificent.

"My head was spinning and I was a bit lost so I took a break", she said in her on-court interview. She played nearly like no mistakes; it was very tough.

She left the court at the first changeover of the second set for a medical time out and confirmed after the match that she didn't receive treatment for the abdominal injury which saw her pull out of the Gippsland Trophy a fortnight ago.

"I started feeling a bit lost by the end of the first set".

"They checked my pressure, they cooled me down and then I went back on the court".

Muchova will face the victor of Wednesday's second quarterfinal - an all-American affair between 22nd seed Jennifer Brady and world No. 61 Jess Pegula. After nine games, Muchova had one victor and 18 unforced errors, and early in the second set, she took an injury timeout that lasted almost 10 minutes.

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.

Comebacks have been a staple in the tournament for Muchova, who rallied in earlier matches to win sets after trailing 5-0 and 4-0.

Barty became increasingly frustrated throughout the second and third sets, as her opponent raised her game and barely gave her an inch after the first set. Upon returning, Muchova won six of the next seven games to take the set and force a third.

Karolina Muchova (right) is congratulated by top seed Ashleigh Barty after the Czech 25th seed's 1-6, 6-3. Barty finished with 37 unforced errors and lost serve four times in the final two sets.

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