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Ashleigh Barty comes back from one set down against Camila Giorgi to reach the third round in Melbourne for the second year in a row

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Ashleigh Barty came back from one set down to edge Camila Giorgi 5-7 6-4 6-1 in two hours and two minutes and advanced to the third round for the second consecutive year at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

The young Australian player came into the match with two wins over Giorgi and finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney Apia International, a tournament where Giorgi reached the semifinal.

There were very few break point chances in the early stages of the match, as both players held their first three service games.

The first set went on serve with no break points in the first six games before Giorgi broke serve at love in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Barty broke back to draw level to 5-5, as Giorgi was serving for the set. Giorgi got her second break to seal the first set after 49 minutes.

Barty earned two break points at 15-40 in the fourth game and converted her first chance to take a 3-1 lead. Giorgi broke straight back for 2-3 with an inside-out forehand winner. In the eighth game Barty got another break at deuce to take a 5-3 lead. The Australian player earned a chance to serve for the set, but Giorgi broke straight back with a forehand winner. Giorgi hit two forehand winners to save two set points, but Barty converted her third chance to sent the match to the third set.

Barty went up a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead. Giorgi held serve to get her first game on the scoreboard, but Barty fired two aces to seal the win in the next game setting up a third round against Naomi Osaka.

“I am pretty happy with it in the end to come away and sort of run away with that third set was really nice. I knew it was going to be a tough match from the get go. I am definitely happy to get through. This is amazing. Nothing better than playing on the Rod Laver Arena court, the best court in Australia. I am lucky to be out here for the second time in a row”, said Barty.

Barty came back from one set down in the first round match against Aryna Sabalenka earlier this week.

“It’s nice coming back from a set down. You never like being a set down to begin with; certainly it gives you some nice satisfaction when you are able to come back, really stick it out, sort of hand around for the match. I have been able to hang around long enough in these matches to put mysfelf in a position where you can go out there on Saturday, have a red-hot carack and try to make my first round”, said Barty.

Barty set up a third round against Naomi Osaka. The winner of this match could meet Simona Halep in a potential fourth round clash.

“Last year everything was unexpected. It was new ground for me. Everything was brand new. Even though this situation is also brand new, I feel like I put pressure on myself to perform well and to play well and to do well. That’s what I expect of myself. It’s not always going to happen, but I can certainly put myself in the position where I can get the best out of myself. Naomi is another big hitter. She is a great chick and can certainly give the ball a rip when she has got time. For me it’s sort of not overly usual to have three similar matches”, said Barty.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Camila Giorgi battles past Dayana Yastremska in late-night clash in Palermo

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Italy’s Camila Giorgi battled past number 7 seed Dayana Yastremska 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 after 2 hours and 52 minutes to secure her spot in the semifinal at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Giorgi fended off two match points in the second set before completing her come-back in a late-night epic clash which ended at nearly 1.30 a.m. local time. Giorgi set up a semifinal against French player Fiona Ferro, who beat another Italian player Sara Errani.

Both players traded breaks in the first and fourth games of the opening set to draw level to 3-3. Giorgi saved three break points in the seventh game, but Yastremska converted her fourth chance with a service return to take a 4-3 lead. 

Yastremska served for the first set at 5-4, but Giorgi earned a break point, when the Ukrainian player made a double fault. Giorgi missed two groundstrokes and Yastremska earned a set point. Giorgi fended off four set points, but she was not able to reach a break point. Yastremska hit an ace to earn he fifth set point and converted it after Giorgi sent a forehand wide. 

The second set started with two trades of break en route to 3-3. Yastremska broke serve, as Giorgi sent a forehand wide on the third break point. Yastremska earned her first match point with an ace at 5-4. She earned a second opportunity with a forehand winner. Giorgi saved them with her powerful returns before breaking serve to draw level to 5-5. The Italian player raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and hit a backhand winner down the line to pull away to 6-3. Yastremska saved the first two set points, but Giorgi sealed the second set on her third opportunity. 

In the third set Yastremska earned two break points at 3-2, but Giorgi held serve to draw level to 3-3. Giorgi broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 and held serve in the eighth game for 5-3. Giorgi earned a match point, when Yastremska netted a groundstroke, and converted it, when her return forced a wide error. 

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Fiona Ferro reaches the semifinal in Palermo

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French player Fiona Ferro cruised past Sara Errani 6-4 6-1 to advance to the semifinal of the Ladies Open in Palermo. World number 53 Ferro scored her third straight-set win this week. 

 

Errani earned an early break in the opening game of the first set. Ferro missed a break point chance at 2-1, but she broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. 

Ferro saved four break points in a 13-minute seventh game. Errani earned her fifth break point after a forehand error from Ferro and converted it with a backhand error to take a 4-3 lead. 

Ferro broke straight back with a backhand return winner down the line to draw level to 4-4. The French player held serve for 5-4 before earning three set points in the next game with three forehand. Ferro converted on her first set point after Errani netted a backhand. 

Ferro earned the first break of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead with a backhand winner. Ferro went up a double break to race out to a 4-0 lead. Errani pulled one break back at love and earned two game points at 4-1, but Ferro converted her third break point chance with a return winner to pull away to 5-1. Ferro earned three match points with a backhand winner and converted her first chance with a forehand winner down the line. 

Ferro will face either Dayana Yastremska or Camila Giorgi in the semifinal. 

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