Barty says her new performance coach has made an astronomical difference



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Barty says her new performance coach has made an astronomical difference

Ashleigh Barty fought back from a set down to defeat Kiki Bertens and reach the Miami Open quarterfinals for the first time. Barty rallied back from a 4-6 deficit to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 53 minutes to maintain her winning streak against the World No.8.

It’s the third time she has come back from one set down against Bertens.

"Whenever I play Kiki, there's really not much in the match at all," Barty said. "For a span of six or seven games there she maybe gave me one or two errors - she really went into lockdown mode.

"I did well to squeeze out of my service game at 2-2 in the second, had a little wriggle there and went into lockdown mode myself."


Barty also had a glowing review of her new performance coach Ben Crowe: "He's made an astronomical difference.

We've created a really tightly knit group: we trust each other, we bounce ideas off each other and ultimately we try to get the best out of each other."

Barty will now face Petra Kvitova for the third time this season.

When asked if she was sick of playing her Australian Open and Sydney International successor, Barty responded: "Absolutely not! It's always an exceptional challenge, she's one of the best in the world… I look forward to it.

"She moves well for a girl her size, and when she gets a strike on the ball, no matter what position on the court she's in she can hurt you - so the key will be to get her off balance and out of position."