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Ash Barty Ousts Anisimova To Reach Australian Open Quarter-Finals

Ash Barty is into another grand slam quarter-final despite losing her serve against Amanda Anisimova.



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World number one Ash Barty is into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after a 6-4 6-3 victory over Amanda Anisimova.

The Australian’s hopes of winning a first grand slam on home soil continue after handing the American her first loss of the season.

Barty’s streak of service games won did end at 63 despite the win after being broken at the start of the second set.

The world number one came back though to set up a quarter-final meeting with Jessica Pegula on Tuesday.

Heading into this match Anisimova hadn’t lost this season while Barty was on a 58 game service winning streak so something had to give in this match and it was the world number one who started the better.

Barty’s slice mixed with effective point construction was enough to create break point opportunities early on.

However the American made life difficult for the top seed with big serving and big-hitting to save break point and hold early on.

Much of Anisimova’s good start to the season was more consistent power and knowing when to really go for her shots and that showed in the early exchanges with her patience showing it’s rewards.

At 2-2 it was Barty’s turn to save a couple of break points which she did in style as Anisimova threatened the break.

After failing to break a stubborn Anisimova in the next game, Barty continued her sustained pressure with some sublime shot-making as her slice-forehand combinations were too much for the American.

Eventually on her sixth set point of the set a forehand unforced error from the American gave Barty the break for a 4-3 lead.

That blip didn’t intimidate Anisimova as her powerful shot-making earned another break point but the American was left frustrated as she constantly missed key returns on break points.

Barty held serve and continued to do so as she took the opening set in 39 minutes.

In the second set there was an immediate response from Anisimova as she continued to be smart with her aggressive tactics.

There was reward for her tactics as she broke for a 2-0 lead at the start of the second set with Barty’s 63 game winning streak on serve coming to an end.

However that was the only negative for the world number one as she seized back control of the match with more slice and dice as well as ridiculous forehand speed.

The Australian immediately broke back and set the tempo for the rest of the set as she won four of the next five games to lead 4-3.

There was no response from Anisimova as the unforced errors kept on coming while winners were produced from Barty.

In the end a third break of serve in the set clinched a clinical performance and progress into the last eight without dropping a set.

After the match Barty praised Anisimova, “Amanda is an incredible athlete and incredible competitor. It’s nice to see her back playing her best tennis,” she said in her on-court interview.

“I enjoyed sharing the court with her and testing myself against her. It was nice to be able to hold firm tonight.”

Barty will now meet Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals on Tuesday as she moves one step closer to a first Australian Open singles title.

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart



Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak



Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

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Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour



Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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