Barty sweeps into Montreal quarters
Ash Barty powers into the last eight of the Coupe Rogers with victory over Alize Cornet of France.
Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty booked a place in the Coupe Rogers quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory over France’s Alize Cornet.
Barty hit six aces to overcome the world No.34 7-6(3) 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes in Montreal on Thursday.
In their only only previous meeting, Cornet had beaten Barty in straight sets in the opening round of the 2014 French Open.
.@ashbar96 takes a thrilling rally to turn the tide in Montréal! 😱🏃♀️💨
— WTA (@WTA) August 9, 2018
The Frenchwoman also stunned Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-1 in her previous match in Canada on Wednesday.
Cornet also tested Barty on Thursday, with the Australian having to break her four times and close out a first-set tiebreak.
The second set was much more straightforward for Barty, who will face Dutch world No.18 Kiki Bertens for a place in the semifinals.
Bertens upset Czech world No.8 Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2.
“It’s going to be a difficult match, of course,” Bertens told wtatennis.com about facing Barty.
“She’s playing some great tennis. Smart girl, also with a lot of slice. I don’t know what the conditions are going to be tomorrow, but we’ll see then. We’ll make a good plan, and hopefully it’s going to be a great match.”