Along with her thirteenth straight match win on European clay, Ash Barty units a conflict with fellow Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek on the Madrid Open.
Madrid, Spain, 2 Might 2021 | Vivienne Christie
Ash Barty will face Iga Swiatek within the last 16 of the Madrid Open, following a hard-fought win over Tamara Zidansek.
A battle between the 2 most up-to-date Roland Garros champions – Barty triumphing on the clay-court main in 2019 and Swiatek the 2020 winner – will likely be a primary profession assembly between the WTA stars.
Barty labored exhausting to set the tantalising conflict, overcoming the Slovenian qualifier 6-4 1-6 6-3 in just below two hours.
It was a thirteenth straight match win on European clay for the world No.1 from Queensland, who sat out the 2020 clay-court season because of the pandemic.
Taking her 2021 match-winning file to a WTA-high 22 for this 2021 season, Barty additionally recorded her tenth win from the 11 three-set matches she’s contested this yr.
Whereas she fired 9 aces in opposition to the world No.Eightieth-ranked Zidaensek, Barty admitted there was room for enchancment.
“(It was) a extremely powerful match,” Barty advised media afterwards.
“I felt my margins have been just a little bit off as we speak. Made quite a lot of errors. I feel I used to be lacking in the fitting approach, however nonetheless only a foot or two right here or there makes a giant distinction. I felt like there have been in all probability too many unfastened ones for me as we speak.”
Alexei Popyrin additionally battled to a three-set win in Madrid, the Australian overcoming Argentina’s Federico Coria 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3 within the first spherical of qualifying for the ATP Masters 1000 event.
It was a more durable day for fellow Australian Jordan Thompson, who exited to Carlos Taberner in qualifying.
Alex de Minaur will start his essential draw marketing campaign in Madrid tonight, the Australian dealing with Spaniard Jaume Munar within the opening spherical.
Aussies in motion – Madrid
Girls’s singles, second spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) d [Q] Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 6-4 1-6 6-3
Males’s singles, first spherical qualifying
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d Federico Coria (ARG) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3
[WC] Carlos Taberner (ESP) d  Jordan Thompson (AUS) 3-6 7-6(6) 6-2
Girls’s singles, third spherical
 Ash Barty (AUS) v (14) Iga Swiatek (POL)
Males’s singles, qualifying second spherical
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Arthur Cazaux (FRA)
Males’s singles, essential draw first spherical
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Jaume Munar (ESP)
Girls’s doubles, second spherical
Ellen Perez (AUS)/Zheng Saisai (CHN) v TBC
Casper Ruud proved too powerful for Australia’s John Millman within the Munich quarterfinals, the second seed finishing the pair’s rain-delayed match with a straight-sets win.
The 22-year-old Ruud, who made a primary final-16 Grand Slam look at AO 2021, subsequently exited to Nikoloz Basilashvili within the semifinals.
Aussies in motion – Munich
Males’s singles, quarterfinals
 Casper Ruud (NOR) d  John Millman (AUS) 6-3 6-4