Barty wins battle of Roland Garros champions


Ash Barty wins a third-round conflict with reigning Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek in Madrid.

Madrid, Spain, 4 Could 2021 | Leigh Rogers

For the primary time of their careers, the 2 most up-to-date Roland Garros champions Ash Barty and Iga Swiatek have gone head-to-head.

Taking part in within the third spherical in Madrid, it was the Australian who got here out on high.

“I actually loved myself on the market,” Barty stated after posting a 7-5 6-4 victory on the WTA 1000 event.

“I loved the problem. Iga’s recreation is phenomenal. It’s actually, actually spectacular. I like testing myself and attempting to determine the puzzle tonight and the challenges that she created for me. I like the best way that she performs. I like the best way she takes the sport on. She performs with out worry. I feel the best way she controls the courtroom, has the flexibility to maneuver and neutralize from defensive place could be very, very spectacular.”

The 19-year-old Pole began strongly, racing to a 3-0 lead within the opening set.

“I feel in all probability the primary half an hour was a little bit of an adjustment interval for each of us,” Barty stated. “It took me a while to get used to Iga’s weight of shot. Clearly, we had a recreation plan going into it, however I needed to modify that and needed to form of study on the fly a bit of bit.”

The victory extends Barty’s profitable streak on European clay to 14 matches. It additionally improves her head-to-head document towards high 20-ranked opponents to 9-0 this season.

Czech Petra Kvitova awaits within the quarterfinals. The No.9 seed has gained 5 of their earlier 9 conferences, though Barty has gained 4 of their previous 5.

“I like to play Petra,” Barty stated. “She brings out the most effective in me.”

Max Purcell and Luke Saville, taking part in their first event collectively for the reason that Australian Open, loved a profitable reunion in males’s doubles motion. They scored a first-round win towards fellow Aussie John Friends and New Zealand’s Michael Venus.

Aussies in motion – Madrid

Girls’s singles, third spherical
[1] Ash Barty (AUS)
d (14) Iga Swiatek (POL) 7-5 6-4

Males’s doubles, first spherical
Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) d John Friends (AUS)/Michael Venus (NZL) 7-6(9) 6-3

Girls’s singles, quarterfinals
[1] Ash Barty (AUS)
v [9] Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Males’s singles,  first spherical
John Millman (AUS) v [12] Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
[Q] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)

Males’s singles, second spherical
Alex de Minaur (AUS)
v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Girls’s doubles, second spherical
Ellen Perez (AUS)/Zheng Saisai (CHN) v [5] Alexa Guarchi (CHI)/Desirae Krawczyk (USA)

Males’s doubles, second spherical
Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) v [2] Nikola Mektic (CRO)/Mate Pavic (CRO)


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