Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Maria Sharapova gets angry at reporter following Australian Open exit

Maria Sharapova gets angry at reporter following Australian Open exit

Ashleigh Barty is now creating waves in the Australian Open 2019, reaching the quarterfinal with a 4-6,6-1,6-4 win over Maria Sharapova to become the first Australian woman since Jelena Dokic to make the Australian Open quarterfinal.

The first Australian woman to forge to as deep since Jelena Dokic in 2009, Barty downed five-time major victor Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 in a gripping roller-coaster.

She nearly came back from 0-4 down in the decider, but Barty just about held her nerve. There is absolutely nothing better.' Sharapova turned herself into even more of a pantomime villain by taking a ridiculously long seven-minute toilet break after Barty had turned the match around by winning the second set.

"Petra took the crowd out of it as well, I knew she would try to do that".

"Ash needs to take away that slice serve and not get beaten there but the way Petra served the other day it's going to be a hard one", Navratilova said. After surgery and rehab, she rattled off five titles in 2018 to get back into the top five and she will return there next week.

The last local to reach the women's Open semi-finals was Wendy Turnbull in 1984 but Barty is embracing her time in the spotlight rather than feeling any pressure.

Tiafoe had announced himself by beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson but was no match for a player at the peak of his powers as he attempts to become only the third man to win all four Slams twice and the first to do so in the Open era.

Petra Kvitova is a veteran through and through, and the two-time Grand Slam champion knows how to handle a big stage.

Barty fell just short of a semi-final berth against her close friend.

Playing fearless first-strike tennis, the Czech saved a break point on her own serve the very next game with a angled crosscourt forehand victor to consolidate her advantage and forge ahead 3-0.

Barty made her Grand Slam singles debut as a 15-year-old in Melbourne, but was ousted in straight sets by Anna Tatishvili.

That's how well she's playing at the moment in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old Collins, who hasn't notably grabbed a single win in her previous five Grand Slam tournaments, then squared off against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.

Clijsters, who returned to tennis after starting a family to win three more majors from 2009, believes Barty has benefited from her sabbatical from the game to play cricket. She also reached the third round at the US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Sloane Stephens.

Kvitova said it was a different feeling to her first trip to the semi-finals in 2012, when she was at the peak of her career.

Toilet breaks are legal, with each player allowed one per match.

Barty said was planning a celebratory beer rather moping around after having her gallant Australian Open title bid come to a shuddering halt at Melbourne Park. "I was hoping that I'd just win a first-round match, so getting this far means a lot to me".

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