Ashleigh Barty reached the semi-finals of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne on Friday. The tournament top-seed needed three sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 7-5, 2-6, 10-4. Of the two players, Rogers finished with the most points for the match – 69 to 65 but Barty was able to come through in the match tie-break.
The world no. 1 hit 21 winners, of which 10 were aces, and had 19 unforced errors. Rogers, on the other hand, had 20 winners and 22 unforced errors. Speaking about the match, Barty acknowledged in the on-court interview that the match had been “tricky”.
She said, “I thought I was able to hang in there at times, and Shelby was able to hit me off the court during other times. An important start to that tiebreak, a bit of an unusual scoring system for us, but I had to get through it to get another opportunity tomorrow”.
Barty will face the fifth-seeded Serena Williams in the semi-finals in what will be their first match in almost three years.
Yarra Valley Classic: Garbine Muguruza vs Marketa Vondrousova
In the bottom half, sixth seed Garbine Muguruza will play eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova for a spot in the final.
The Spaniard avenged her 2020 Australian Open loss to the second seed Sofia Kenin in their quarter-final. The former world no. 1 put up a strong showing once again to claim a 6-2, 6-2 win. Across the three matches she has played in the tournament, not only has Muguruza not lost a set but she has also lost just nine games.
Muguruza finished with 67 points (26 winners) to Kenin’s 46 (17 winners). Muguruza’s Yarra Valley Classic semi-final opponent, Marketa Vondrousova needed three sets to beat the 14th seed Nadia Podoroska. The Czech dropped the opening set 6-4 but righter her course by first taking the second set 6-3 and then dominating the match tie-break, 10-4. Photo Credit: WTA Insider Twitter