2021 Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty beats Krejcikova, reaches quarter-final
Women's world number one Ashleigh Barty advanced to the quarter-final of 2021 Wimbledon after beating Barbora Krejcikova. The Australian outclassed the 2021 French Open winner, 7-5, 6-3, in over an hour. Barty has moved to the last eight of a Grand Slam for the fifth time in her career. She has reached this stage for the first time at Wimbledon.
How did the match pan out?
Top seed Barty faced a 2-4 deficit in the first set after dominating Krejcikova initially. However, she won three consecutive games to claim a 5-4 lead. Barty finally closed the opening set after 47 minutes. The Aussie further raised her game in the second set and duly dominated Krejcikova. After leading 5-3, Barty won the match point with an ace.
Barty ends winning streak of Krejcikova
Barty has ended the 15-match winning streak of Krejcikova, dating back to her title win in Strasbourg. The latter then won seven back-to-back matches to win her maiden French Open title. Before her fourth-round defeat to Barty, Krejcikova last lost in Rome. It is interesting to note that Krejcikova had never played a main draw match on grass before 2021 Wimbledon.
A look at the stats
Barty registered 81 points and seven aces in the match. She also registered 21 winners throughout the match. Besides, she claimed 57% of the break points. Meanwhile, Krejcikova (22) recorded fewer unforced errors than Barty (24).
Barty eyes her second Grand Slam title
Earlier this year, Barty retired with hip injury in her second-round tie against Poland's Magda Linette at Roland Garros. Barty, who took a medical time-out after the completion of first set, was trailing 1-6, 2-2. The world number one is eyeing her second major title, having won the 2019 French Open. She next faces either Emma Raducanu or Ajla Tomljanovic in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.