MELBOURNE. — World No. 1 Ash Barty’s dream of becoming the first homegrown Australian Open champion since 1978 was shattered on Wednesday after an extraordinary 1-6 6-3 6-2 quarterfinal loss to Karolina Muchova.
The Czech was a player transformed after taking a medical timeout when she started feeling dizzy in the Melbourne heat and rallied to secure a place in her first Grand Slam semifinal.
The 24-year-old will meet Jennifer Brady for a place in the final against Serena Williams or Naomi Osaka. Jennifer Brady battled through her frustrations to overhaul friend and United States teammate Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and reach her maiden semifinal.
Barty had no complaints about the medical timeout that turned the match on its head.
“It’s within the rules,” Barty said. “She’s within her rights to take that time. If she wasn’t within the rules, the physios and the doctors would have said so.
“I was disappointed that I let that become a turning point. I’m experienced enough now to be able to deal with that.”
Barty had started the contest like a woman possessed and conceded only six points in racing to a 5-0 lead in just over a quarter of an hour, wrapping up the first set soon afterwards. – Reuters