The Australian and world number one, Ashleigh Barty, beat Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza 6-1, 6-7 (3) and 6-2, and reached the semifinals of the Qatar Open. The reverse cut to a hand of Barty and his greatest success in the third set joined to defeat Garbiñe on a cold night.
The wind hit the Qatari complex all day long, and Barty, more rested after the abandonment of the Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the second round, adapted much better to these adverse conditions than the finalist in 2018 to win in almost two hours.
At the beginning and the end, Muguruza’s serve was not up to the previous rounds. He gave it up twice in the initial set, which fell on the side of the Australian in 26 minutes, in which Barty only made two unforced errors, and many others in the last.
In the second quarter, the Spanish improved its rest and made fewer mistakes. He broke Barty’s service in the sixth game (4-2) and even had an opportunity to place 5-2, although once again his serve did not accompany him and the Australian recovered the break.
Barty forced the tiebreaker, but played rashly, while Garbiñe remained calm to settle first with 5-0 and win it later playing aggressively.
With the forces matched and the match leveled, Barty broke in the fourth game (3-1) and again in the sixth (4-2) when Garbiñe committed the second double fault of his account. Barty wasted no more and threw himself for victory.
After reaching the quarter-finals this season for the fifth time, Garbiñe leaves Doha climbing a spot in the world ranking, and will appear on Monday in the 15th.
Barty, in his first intervention in this Premier 5 category tournament, will face in the semifinals with Czech Petra Kvitova, champion in 2018, who beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur, 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (4).
In the other semifinal the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka will be measured.