NAfter a 6: 1, 2: 0 lead and a controversial medical break of her opponent, the world number one Ashleigh Barty missed the entry into the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The 24-year-old Australian lost against the Czech Karolina Muchova 6: 1, 3: 6, 2: 6 on Wednesday. The 2019 French Open winner gave away the chance of her premiere title at the home Grand Slam and the first tournament victory of an Australian tennis player in Melbourne since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
“Of course it breaks my heart,” said Barty. “But tomorrow the sun will shine again. Either you win or you learn, and that was a massive learning curve for me today. ”Muchova will now face the German coach Michael Geserer on Thursday (women’s semi-finals from 4.00 CET / Eurosport) in the fight for a place in the final trained Jennifer Brady. The other semifinals will be contested by the 23-time Grand Slam tournament winner Serena Williams from the United States and the current US Open winner Naomi Osaka from Japan.
The n spectators should be allowed to return to Melbourne Park after the five-day lockdown. The lockdown will end as planned at midnight, said the Prime Minister of the state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, in a press conference on Wednesday. No new corona case has occurred in the Australian metropolis in the past few days, which is why the strict measures could be relaxed again, said Andrews.
A five-day lockdown was recently imposed due to a corona outbreak in an airport hotel. This meant that at the Grand Slam tournament last Friday evening at 11.30 p.m. local time, all fans had to leave the Rod Laver Arena during the match between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz. From Saturday up to and including Wednesday no spectators were allowed.
According to Australian media reports, it has not yet been determined how many viewers are allowed to visit the system. The upper limit was set at 30,000 visitors per day for the first days of the tournament.
In the quarter-finals, Muchova took a time-out after falling 2-0 in the second set, although she was not injured, as she later admitted. Her head turned, said the 24-year-old. She had her blood pressure and temperature measured, was given ice to cool her off, and left the place. After a ten-minute break, the number 27 in the world rankings came back to the stadium, finally won the match after almost two hours of play and reached the first semi-final of her career in one of the four most important tournaments.
Her opponent Jennifer Brady made it into the top four players for the first time at the US Open last year, but failed because of the eventual tournament winner Osaka. The 25-year-old also needed three sets in the all-American quarter-finals before she defeated her good friend Jessica Pegula 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 1. Brady was the only quarter-finalist who was not allowed to leave the hotel during her 14-day quarantine due to a corona case on her flight to Australia before the tournament.