Ashleigh Barty's quest for Wimbledon final encounters Angelique Kerber hurdle

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Ashleigh Barty's quest for Wimbledon final encounters Angelique Kerber hurdle

Top seed Ashleigh Barty and Angelique Kerber will take on each other for a place in the 2021 Wimbledon final on Tuesday. The world no. 1 defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in an Australian derby 6-1, 6-3 in merely 66 minutes. Barty broke thrice in the opening set and saved the sole break point she faced.

In contrast, the second set was considerably narrower as the pair traded breaks twice before Barty turned around the course of the match decisively. In the second set, Tomljanovic broke Barty to start off its proceedings but was broken right back.

A couple of games later, it was Barty’s turn to break her countrywoman’s serve and take the lead in the set. But the seventh game of the set once again saw Tomljanovic break back Barty with a chance to serve to level the set at four-all.

However, a third break of Tomljanovic’s serve in the eighth game gave Barty the chance to serve out the match and she did so, on her second match point. The 2019 French Open champion hit almost five times as many winners as Tomljanovic – 23 to the latter’s five.

She also had 22 unforced errors to her rival’s 20 for the match.

Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty and Angelique Kerber's champions' clash

Meanwhile, in the other quarter-final, the 25th-seeded Kerber defeated Karolina Muchova 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes to reach the Championships semi-final for the fourth time in her career.

Kerber’s dominant play helped her break Muchova’s serve early across both sets. She was broken just the once – in the second set – but went on to convert four of the six break points she had. The former world no.

1 hit 15 winners and 21 unforced errors to Muchova’s nine winners and 27 unforced errors. Angelique Kerber is now on a 10-match winning streak going back to the Bad Homburg Open, right before the start of Wimbledon. Both Ashleigh Barty and she are tied at two wins apiece in their four previous matches. This will, however, be their first meeting at a Major.