Sports, Tennis

Barty beats Rogers to storm into quarterfinal

Published : 15 Feb 2021 08:26 PM


World number one Ashleigh Barty’s defensive mastery flummoxed big-hitting Shelby Rogers on Monday as she stormed into the Australian Open quarter-finals to heighten hopes of a first home winner in 43 years.

The Australian was ruthless in her 6-3, 6-4 victory over the in-form Rogers in one hour and 11 minutes in the fourth round at a crowd-less 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 quarter-finals after the Czech beat 18th seed Elise Mertens 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

“I love playing at home and sharing this with my friends and family,” said Barty, who hit 21 winners.

“She’s a player that can take the game away from you very quickly, so I needed my running shoes on,” she said of Rogers, the world number 57.

“I served well and I tried to be in control of as many points as I could.”