Ash Barty has played a lot of tennis since the start of the year and she her journey has not stopped yet at the Madrid Open. The world number one dispatched 14th seeded former French Open winner to reach the last 8 of the WTA 1000 tournament. The player who gets the first serves in more times than not wins the match. Ash served at 53% on first serve to Iga’s 48%. The style of play peculiar to most players from down under is the serve and volley style. Watch 1-0 Swiatek (40-40). Pat Rafter and Leyton Hewitt also had that never say die attitude on court similar to Ash. Impressive to come from an early break to win the opening set 7-5.
Iga was on a roll, her head was up hitting the ball hard and accurate. Watch 3-0 to her with Barty looking to hold for the first time in the set 40-15.Barty did hold to head into the 5th game 3-1 down. By not getting a lot of first serves in, Iga was playing to Ash’s hands she was duly punished with Ash breaking back to get the match all exciting again. Second set started the same as the first Iga looking to break fast to establish a cushion. Her forehand hits were on point.My favorite point was 1-0 (15-15). The serve by Ash was superb forcing Swiatek to play a defensive high backhand back to court. Ash had to simply find her spot to finish off the point. Call it luck call it intuition , the Polish lady read the forehand at the net by Barty to win an unlikely point. Iga would go on to have her weakest service game in the next to hand the break to the Aussie.That was the all important point as Barty went on to win 6-4.The most telling stat?Barty saving 6 of the 7 break points she faced. Iga?None out of three.