Australian Open: “Not done yet,” says Ashleigh Barty after reaching QFs

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World number one Ashleigh Barty said that she’s “not done yet” after emphatically entering the Australian Open quarter-finals to raise hopes of a first home winner in 43 years. on Monday. The Australian’s defensive style overpowered Shelby Rogers in 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 11 minutes in the fourth round at the Rod Laver Arena.

Barty, who is aiming to become the first Australian champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978, plays 25th seed Karolina Muchova in the quarterfinals.

The 24-year-old reached the quarter-final of her home Slam for the third year but remains unsatisfied.

“We’re not done yet,” Barty said when asked how she felt about reaching the quarterfinals.

“If we had looked at the way we were preparing during our pre-season, to have the start that we have had so far is really encouraging, but certainly not satisfied with where we’re at the moment.

“We will keep chipping away and keep trying to do the right things to progress as far as we can.”

With expectations increasing for Barty, she was wary of Muchova who left an impression on her during the third round clash at US Open which Barty won straight sets in 2018.

“I remember that match in New York, coming off the court and saying to (coach Craig Tyzzer)…’Karolina, she can play, she’s a hell of a player’,” she said of her sole match against Muchova.

“I know she’s got the ability to manoeuvre the ball all around the court, play with variety, play with shape.”

The 2019 French Open Champion who hasn’t played since last February due to the pandemic, is getting back to form and successfully became the “aggressor” against Rogers, who she nearly lost to last week in Yarra Valley Classic quarter-finals.

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