World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.
The Australian came from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-3 and plays Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina or Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.
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Ash Barty is through to the semi-finals of the China Open.Source:Supplied
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This was the sixth meeting between Barty and two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, with the Australian winning only one of her previous encounters against the Czech.
Barty, 23, who had strapping on her left calf, was under pressure immediately in the deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.
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But reigning French Open champion Barty grabbed the break back immediately and, with the clock ticking past two hours on court, broke Kvitova again for a decisive 5-3 lead.
“From my opinion, that was one of the highest-quality matches I played all year,” Barty said.
“Petra always has a way of bringing out the best in me, she really does.
“From both of us, I think the level was incredible.
“Regardless of winning or losing, I think I’d be sitting here with the exact same perspective, kind of the same feeling of the match afterwards.”
Originally published asBarty bumps Kvitova but it wasn’t easy
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