Ashleigh Barty Loses in Australian Open Quarterfinals

The top-seeded Ashleigh Barty, who represented her country’s best chance for a homegrown Australian Open champion, lost in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, to the 25th-seeded Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.

Barty began the match in dominant form, leading Muchova by a set and a break at 6-1, 2-0 at Rod Laver Arena.

Muchova took an off-court medical timeout early in the second set, with doctors checking her vital signs and cooling her down with ice.

Fans had been kept from the grounds for five days after a so-called circuit breaker lockdown imposed by the government because of a small coronavirus outbreak, but they are set to be allowed to return Thursday for the semifinals.

Barty had won a tournament, the Yarra Valley Classic, held in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open began.

Barty had reached the semifinals of the Australian Open last year, losing to Sofia Kenin, who won the tournament.

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