At the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, the match that closed day 5, between Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek, was undoubtedly the most fascinating. On the court, the world number one against the Roland Garros 2020 champion. Despite the initial problems, the seed no.1 cancels a 0-3 disadvantage by winning seven of the following nine games and, thanks to an early-break in the second, puts as in the logic of things, the basis for escape.
Swiatek's comeback attempt is useless, as he does not take advantage of a 0-40 situation in the sixth game and who no longer finds sufficient weapons to close the gap at the disadvantage. Fourteenth consecutive success on clay courts for Barty, who, in the quarter-finals on Thursday, will face three-time tournament champion Petra Kvitova.
The Czech tennis player cuts the share of twenty appearances in the season in the first part of the day and as expected also grabs the fourteenth victory thanks to a tiring 6-3 4-6 6-4 against Veronika Kudermetova.
Success enhanced by nine aces and a very high percentage of points with the first ball despite the empty pass in the heart of the second set.