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Yarra Yalley Classics: Barty and Muguruza advances to semis as warm up events resumes

Aussie hope Ashleigh Barty advanced into the semi-finals of the Yarra Valley Classics, beating American Shelby Rogers 7-5 2-6 (10-4) following an unscheduled day off because of a COVID-19 case stemming from one of the tournament quarantine hotels.

She’ll next meet either 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams or 13th-seeded Danielle Collins, who were meeting in an all-American quarterfinal.

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It was a tricky one,” said Barty in her on-court post-match interview. “I thought I was able to hang in there at times, and Shelby was able to hit me off the court during other times.

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“An important start to that tiebreak, a bit of an unusual scoring system for us, but I had to get through it to get another opportunity tomorrow

In a reverse of the result of last year’s Australian Open final, Garbine Muguruza beat Sofia Kenin 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals. Kenin beat Muguruza in 2020 final in three sets, including by 6-2 scores in the final two sets.

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Muguruza, Two-time Grand Slam champion continued her comprehensive run through the Yarra Valley Classic draw, where she has dropped only nine games total in her first three matches.

It’s always better to know you’ve played well, I think that gives you happiness and energy and hope that things can go well again,” Muguruza said on the court during her post-match interview.

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The Spaniard won twelve points in a row to open up a 4-2 lead in the first set, then saved a breakpoint at 5-2 before holding to claim the opener. Muguruza made 15 winners to just four unforced errors in the first set and converted both of the breakpoints she held.

 

 

 

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