Barty into Wimbledon quarterfinals for first time
Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her fourth round match against Barbora Krejcikova. (Reuters/Toby Melville)
WORLD number one Ashleigh Barty reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time on Monday (5) beating French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3.
The 25-year-old Australian will play the winner of the match between unseeded compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic and British teenager Emma Raducanu on Tuesday (6) for a place in the semifinals.
Defeat brought an end to Krejcikova’s 15-match winning streak and she will have to wait another year to see if she can emulate her late coach and mentor Jana Novotna in winning the title.
In another match, former world number one Karolina Pliskova reached her first Wimbledon quarterfinal on with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Russian wildcard Liudmila Samsonova.
Czech eighth-seed Pliskova, who has yet to drop a set at the tournament, will face either Madison Keys of the United States or Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic for a place in the semifinals.