Melbourne, Australia, 5 February 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Ash Barty continues to build impressive momentum ahead of Australian Open 2021, advancing to the semifinals at this week’s Yarra Valley Classic.

The world No.1 recorded a 7-5 2-6 [10-4] victory over world No.60 Shelby Rogers at Margaret Court Arena this morning.

There were tests for Barty, who got broken to love serving for the opening set at 5-3, but each time she found answers.

Big-hitting Rogers dominated the second set, using her powerful groundstrokes to dictate points and enjoyed great success finishing points at the net.

Barty, however, showed her class in a deciding match tiebreak. The unflappable top seed closed out victory after 92 minutes on court.

“There were certainly some challenges today, but happy to click into gear and find a way in that third set,” Barty said.

The Australian finished the match with 10 aces, hitting seven of them in the opening set.

“It was a tricky one. When the roof is shut in here, the conditions become quite sterile. For me it’s hard to feel like I can create a lot, but I thought I did well to hang in there,” Barty said.

“I’m happy to get through and get another opportunity tomorrow.”

Barty was slated to face fifth-seeded Serena Williams in the semifinals – however, the world No.11 has withdrawn with a right shoulder injury.



Women’s singles, quarterfinals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) d Shelby Rogers (USA) 7-5 2-6 [10-4]

Women’s singles, semifinals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) d [5] Serena Williams (USA) walkover

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
[2] Nicole Melichar (USA)/Demi Schuurs (NED) d [8] Ash Barty (AUS)/Jennifer Brady (USA) 7-5 6-4


Women’s singles, finals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v [6] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) or [8] Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)


Daria Gavrilova was unable to play her Gippsland Trophy women’s doubles quarterfinal today, with partner Simona Halep withdrawing from the tournament.


Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU)/Alize Cornet (FRA) d [WC] Daria Gavrilova (AUS)/Simona Halep (ROU) walkover

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