Australian Open: Barty beats Sharapova, sets up QF clash with Kvitova

Australian Open: Sharapova upsets Wozniacki, Nadal moves on

Australian Open: Sharapova upsets Wozniacki, Nadal moves on

Barty, backed by a boisterous Australian crowd, staged a stunning turnaround in the biggest match of her career, beating the 2008 champion to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

MELBOURNE: An umpire was lucky to escape injury at the Australian Open Sunday when a spider-cam smashed into the sun shield above her chair, ripping it off, as Maria Sharapova and Ashleigh Barty stood nearby. She fought for every point, as always, but, even when she got back on the board to break and hold for 2-4 in the third, there was a sense that she was delaying the inevitable.

"I feel like I came back a better person on and off the court, a better tennis player".

When quizzed in her post-match press conference, Sharapova refused to answer about the crowd's reaction to her seven minute bathroom break, saying: 'I think that's a silly question'.

"I thought she played a really great match, and I still had my chances, which I didn't take", said Sharapova.

Asked whether it is hard to deal with the physical demands of a grand slam without her former medication, Sharapova put her hand to her forehead, then pursed her lips and replied "Is there another question?"

"Sitting down with my team late a year ago, it was one of the goals we set out that we wanted to go deep into slams and I feel like that was the next step for me", Barty said.

'I think I'd be kidding myself'.

Barty said: "It's exciting that I get to have another chance at Petra straightaway".

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But she made amends in the next game and saw off two break points from Zidansek before bringing up two match points on serve. Hsieh Su-wei advanced 6-3, 6-4 over Laura Siegemund, who had beaten two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the first round.

"I just had to take a deep breath and trust the work I've done with my team". It's incredible that it's happened in Australia. "There's absolutely nothing better".

Kvitova is no stranger to the latter stages of slams, of course, but this is the furthest she has been in Melbourne since 2012.

For a player who routinely made it into the second week of slams before she was suspended that's an uncharacteristic trend that bears examination.

"When I'm counting the years, it's pretty long", Kvitova said.

After dropping the first set, the 15th seeded Australian registered a thrilling victory, capped with a dramatic final game in front of a packed home crowd. "I've come agonisingly close against Petra before". That's really important not to be really stressed about it. "I know that I can match it with the best and when I execute, I know that I can." .

And so she went on the attack early, breaking in the first game. "We just followed her and now we try to give her back her positive attitude".

He next plays No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal, the 17-time major victor who didn't let Tomas Berdych on the scoreboard for 1 ½ sets before finishing off a 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 (4) fourth-round win.

"It was completely not my day".

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