Australian Open: Sharapova upsets Wozniacki, Nadal moves on

Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open in 2018 but is one of the favourites to win the title this year

23 January, 2019

She now faces world No 6 Petra Kvitova after an engrossing fourth round in which she fought off the relentless, deafening challenge of Maria Sharapova to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 before an adoring Rod Laver Arena. "But, you know, sometimes the waiting time is worth for it".

Five-time major victor Sharapova claimed her biggest scalp since completing a drug ban in 2017 when she rolled defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in round three and looked on track to carry the momentum forward. She had won the US Open title with CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States in doubles event a year ago. This is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's second appearance at the quarterfinals of the Australian Open meaning she will be familiar will the occasion. I believe that coming into this tournament with so much tennis left, all we can do is point at history and history says that Novak is at his best and ready to do it again. Barty would frequently call her parents, in tears, from her hotel room. But it's something that, as I said after my first match, it's a pain-management type of thing.

Barty said was planning a celebratory beer rather moping around after having her gallant Australian Open title bid come to a shuddering halt at Melbourne Park. "So very familiar with her". "But I think Ash has the game and the variety to trouble her".

"It's just really incredible what she's been through the whole tournament and I'm a bit sorry for her that I beat her".

"I think it's not really easy to play quarter-final of the Slams at home".

This is her first Grand Slam semi-final after her comeback from surgery.

Former US Open victor Sloane Stephens saw her challenge come to a halt in the fourth round too as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova prevailed in another match to go the distance, and Petra Kvitova demolished 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion, should win and go on to the final.

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None of Sharapova's apparent underhand tactics did anything to knock Barty from her stride, as the Queensland native, 22, raced to a 4-0 lead in the third and final set.

"It was completely not my day".

On her loss to Barty despite creating chances for herself in the final set, Sharapova said, "Yeah, a different style, but a really tough style to play against".

Petra Kvitova turned out some performance in the fourth round.

She retired and in 2014 made the stunning announcement that she would instead play professional cricket in Brisbane, preferring a team sport over tennis' gladiatorial ethos. "She played really well", Kerber said.

But on second thought, she said: "It's a semifinal, so, who cares?" "I know that i did everything possible to try and get myself back into that match, but she was too good tonight".

Barty made it to the fourth round at last year's U.S. open, her previous best and claimed one of the biggest wins of her career after destroying World No.1 Simona Halep in straight sets to reach the Sydney International quarter-finals.

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