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Sport Ashleigh Barty feeling no pressure after making Australian Open semi-finals for the first time

12:25  28 january  2020
12:25  28 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The first Australian to make the Open semi - finals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984, Barty will play American 14th seed Sofia Kenin on Thursday for a With Kvitová typically coming out swinging, Barty found herself under pressure from the off. The reigning French Open champion had to fight off a

Spotlight intensifies but semi - finalist Ashleigh Barty remains grounded. But the quiet Queenslander with the nation willing her on to become the first Australian to win the women’s title since Christine O’Neill 42 years ago said after reaching the semi - finals on Tuesday, she would rather be “sitting at

Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 28, 2020 - Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Edgar Su © Reuters' Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 28, 2020 - Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Australia may be buzzing with excitement as Ash Barty keeps her Australian Open title hopes alive at Melbourne Park, but the world number one is taking no notice.

Not that she is rude or unappreciative of the nation's support, as Barty only ever conducts herself with grace and humility.

Rather, Barty and her team are content to remain inside the bubble they have created for themselves and they are not feeling any of the expectation that is building ahead of her Australian Open semi-final against American 14th seed Sofia Kenin on Thursday.

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Ashleigh Barty arrives as the favourite against Markéta Vondroušová, who has saw off Johanna Konta in the semi - final , meaning she will certainly be ready for the As they are both surprise finalists there should be a little less pressure on them and could make for an entertaining clash at Roland Garros.

Ashleigh Barty is on course to break the Australian drought for a women's title. It was early in the day for the headline match and spectators were still making their way to Rod Laver Arena Ashleigh Barty on facing Sofia Kenin in the semi - finals . Barty played her part, using her all-court skills to

"I don't pay attention to it [public expectation], honestly," Barty said at Melbourne Park this afternoon.

"I'm here to try and do the best that I can. Obviously, it's exciting.

"Hopefully I can bring a smile to a few faces around our country and around the world."

Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 28, 2020 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach © Reuters' Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 28, 2020 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Barty's 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova in this afternoon's quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena means she is the first Australian to reach the semi-finals of the women's draw since Wendy Turnbull in 1984.

Turnbull was also Australia's most recent women's finalist (1980), while Chris O'Neil has been the answer to a perennial trivia night question as the last local player to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in 1978.

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  Barty wins quarter-final rematch against Kvitova Ash Barty stormed into her maiden Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday with an emphatic 7-6(6) 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova that avenged her defeat to the hard-hitting Czech in last year's quarter-final at Melbourne Park.Thrashed 6-1 6-4 by Kvitova last year, top seed Barty rode a wave of crowd support as she defused the twice Wimbledon champion's power game before running away with the contest on a glorious afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.

Australian No. 1 seed Ash Barty avenged her quarter- final But this time it was Barty who had the upper hand throughout as she turned the tables on her rival to Despite dominating the second set, Barty had to overcome a brief wobble when she faced two break points while serving for the match.

Ashleigh Barty ’s first appearance in a grand slam semi - final will not be on the grand stage normally reserved for a last-four match at Roland Garros, after “We are, however, extremely disappointed by the scheduling of both women’s semi - finals on outside courts. This decision is unfair and inappropriate.

It has also been a long time between drinks for Australia's men, with the drought stretching back to Mark Edmondson's victory in 1976.

The local sporting public has been starved of success at the Open and all eyes are on Barty, especially since Nick Kyrgios's departure from the men's draw following last night's epic against Rafael Nadal means she is the only Australian left contesting the singles in Melbourne.

The fact the 23-year-old entered her home major as the world's top-ranked women's player and is one of Australia's most-loved sportspeople has only fed the desperation for her to win and add another trophy to sit alongside her French Open title.

Australian Open organisers have naturally cashed in Barty's popularity and her standing in the tennis world, and they have had no hesitation in using her image for advertising purposes around Melbourne.

This could have had the potential to heap even more external pressure on Barty, but the Queenslander has her own way of dealing with the hype.

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Barty is the first local woman in 36 years to reach the semi finals in Melbourne. The 23-year-old will play Ash Barty laughs on court after defeating Petra Kvitova 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 to reach the Australian 'I just wanted to try to make the most of it and it was really good to get a quick start in the second.'

"My team do a good job at taking the piss a little bit, sending me some of the photos," a smiling Barty said.

"You just have to have fun with it. That's the only way. I don't really have a lot of time, actually."

"I've been on site [at Melbourne Park] quite a bit, not really going for leisurely strolls around Melbourne.

"When I have an hour or two, it's more just going back to the apartment and spending time with family. That's about it."

Barty's approach is obviously working, as she has already achieved her best result at the Australian Open courtesy of reaching the semi-finals.

Naturally, she would not be satisfied with simply appearing in the semi-finals and firmly on her mind is advancing to Saturday evening's tournament decider.

She will continue to ignore the outside noise, even though public expectation is about to step up a notch as Australia dares to dream.

"For me, it's trying to do the best that I can, find that enjoyment for myself and my team," she said.

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