Barty into Taipei quarterfinals
After four months out battling an arm injury, Ash Barty has made a resounding comeback, storming into the quarterfinals of the WTA 125K event in Taipei.
Australian youngster Ash Barty has made another successful return to the court.
After four months out battling an arm injury, the 20-year-old Queenslander has charged into the quarterfinals of a $125,000 WTA event in Taipei.
A Wimbledon junior champion at 15, Barty is once again showcasing her talents, ousting third seed Maria Sakkari in her opener in Taiwan before beating fellow qualifier Junri Namigata 6-2 6-3 in the second round.
Sixth seed Evgeniya awaits in the last eight.
Barty is looking to build her ranking from No.325 in the wake of her switch to cricket in the Women’s Big Bash League with Brisbane Heat last summer.
She stepped away from tennis for almost two years before making an impressive comeback during the English summer grasscourt season leading up to Wimbledon.
The three-time major doubles finalist advanced to the semifinals of the $50,000 ITF event in Eastbourne and then reached the quarterfinals at the WTA Nottingham tournament.
At both those events, she qualified for the main draw, and also won a round of qualifying at Wimbledon before developing her arm injury.
Barty has built a win-loss record of 14-3 since returning to the game in late May.