Ashleigh Barty needs 3 sets to advance in Madrid
- Updated: May 6, 2021
Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia outlasted Petra Kvitova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Barty needed one hour, 48 minutes to defeat the Czech to improve to 11-1 in three-set matches she’s played in 2021.
“It’s just always staying in the fight,” Barty said. “Always staying in the hunt and never letting it slide away. That certainly doesn’t guarantee results, doesn’t guarantee success. It guarantees you give yourself the best chance to do what you do and to figure it out and to find your way.”
Barty will face Paula Badosa in the semifinals. The Spaniard upended No. 8 seed Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5 in one hour, 49 minutes. Bencic committed 29 unforced errors in losing to Badosa for the second consecutive time.