Barty serves up another masterclass

Ash Barty has powered past Italy’s Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena to move into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year.

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21/01/2022 3:13:00 PM

Ash Barty has powered past Italy’s Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena to move into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year. AustralianOpen AshBarty

Ash Barty has powered past Italy’s Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena to move into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year.

in convincing fashion when claiming a seventh-straight win to start the season 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes.Getty Images“[There is] plenty that I tried to forget, but I also remember I learnt a lot from that match,” she said.Ash Barty has advanced to the fourth round.

Advertisementextended into prime time., as it has for much of the summer.Credit:The 25-year-old was surprised before the match by her childhood coach Jim Joyce, who had flown into Melbourne from Brisbane to watch the champion he once guided.“I didn’t know that he was coming down. It was nice for him to be here. He challenged me when I was young to be the most complete player we can be. We are getting there.”

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With Giorgi serving and volleying like any heavyweight male player, Barty was brilliantly sending each one back to her at half their original speed, teasing her with devastating effect.

Barty serves up another masterclassAsh Barty has powered past Italy’s Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena to move into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year.

Osaka exits Australian Open in shock loss, Barty through to fourth roundAsh Barty will face Amanda Anisimova in the last 16, after the unseeded American ends Naomi Osaka's Australian Open title defence in a gripping three-set contest.

How do you take your tennis superstar: Beige Barty or Cray-cray Kyrgios?Ash Barty has mastered the art of giving nothing away. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ash has won more tournaments than Nick the dick has pulled out of. Nick is box office because of the antics and showmanship but ash is the only real Australian superstar tennis player

Barty serves up another masterclassAsh Barty has powered past Italy’s Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena to move into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year.

How do you take your tennis superstar: Beige Barty or Cray-cray Kyrgios?Ash Barty has mastered the art of giving nothing away. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ash has won more tournaments than Nick the dick has pulled out of. Nick is box office because of the antics and showmanship but ash is the only real Australian superstar tennis player

Osaka exits Australian Open in shock loss, Barty through to fourth roundAsh Barty will face Amanda Anisimova in the last 16, after the unseeded American ends Naomi Osaka's Australian Open title defence in a gripping three-set contest.

Advertisement Ash Barty d Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 Another serving masterclass from Ash Barty on Rod Laver Arena has propelled the Queenslander into the second week of the Australian Open for the fourth straight year. in convincing fashion when claiming a seventh-straight win to start the season 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes. Ashleigh Barty serves against Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Credit: Getty Images She will play Amanda Anisimova for a spot in the quarter-finals after the emerging American shocked Naomi Osaka in a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-5). The Australian won their only meeting to date, which was a semi-final of wildly swinging momentum at Roland Garros in 2019, the year Barty claimed the French Open. “[There is] plenty that I tried to forget, but I also remember I learnt a lot from that match,” she said. “That was a turning point in my career and you have to be able to take learnings from those moments, as hard as they are, and I was able to navigate and find a way through. “At that point in my life and my career, it was a massive turning point. Obviously, it feels like it was a lifetime ago, but some of those memories are still really vivid.” Ash Barty has advanced to the fourth round. Credit: Getty Images Advertisement The top seed’s clash against Giorgi started more than an hour behind schedule after the thriller between Matteo Berrettini and Carlos Alcaraz extended into prime time. But the additional waiting time did not faze Barty, who performed with distinction against a rival who had claimed the biggest title of her career in Montreal last August. Barty’s serve again proved impregnable , as it has for much of the summer. She scarcely gave her talented rival a chance on the delivery on Friday night, winning all but two of the 29 points played when she landed her first serve. Camila Giorgi is all concentration as she serves. Credit: AP She has now won 57 straight service games after averting a “tricky one” when facing three break points at 4-2 in the first set. The 25-year-old was surprised before the match by her childhood coach Jim Joyce, who had flown into Melbourne from Brisbane to watch the champion he once guided. Barty can still recall a critical piece of advice from those early coaching lessons she received in Ipswich when still in primary school. “I saw him an hour before my match [and said], ‘Mate, what are you doing here?’,” she said. “I didn’t know that he was coming down. It was nice for him to be here. He challenged me when I was young to be the most complete player we can be. We are getting there.” Prior to the match, Barty said there would be times where it would be played without much input from her, such is the firepower the Italian possesses. Giorgi is renowned as a blazing ball striker who can thump winners from anywhere, which did happen from time to time. Loading As brilliant as Barty is on the offensive, her defensive capabilities and capacity to draw rivals into areas they are uncomfortable has been as critical to her stunning success. She did more than enough to unsettle the Italian, who struck 24 unforced errors for the match compared to the 13 made by the reigning Wimbledon champion. Watch all the action from Melbourne Park on Nine, 9Gem, and 9Now. News, results and expert analysis from the weekend of sport sent every Monday.