There’s been a shock upset at the Australian Open quarter-finals, with World Number One Ash Barty knocked out by 25th seed Karolina Muchová.
Aussie tennis star Barty dominated the first set 6-1, before a 10-minute medical timeout by her Czech opponent turned the game on its head.
Barty lost momentum from then on and failed to get it back, with Muchová coming out firing and taking out the second set 6-3.
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It took just under two hours for Muchová to send Barty packing, cruising to a 6-2 victory with an ace in the third set at Rod Laver Arena.
Speaking following the match, Muchova explained why she took the now-controversial medical time out, which clearly rattled the Australian.
“I start to feeling a bit lost by the end of the first set, Ash played almost like no mistakes, it was very tough and I was a bit lost on the court and my head was spinning so I took a break,” she said.
“It helped me. I tried to get back, played a bit faster rallies so we don’t play the long ones as in the first set and it worked well.
“It was more check my pressure because I was, as I said, a bit lost, you know, I was spinning. They cooled me down a bit with ice and it helped me.”
She will now face either Jennifer Brady or Jessica Pegula in the semi-finals.
SHE’S DONE IT!
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