No. 1 Barty upset in Australian quarterfinals by Muchova

World number one Ashleigh Barty slides to a shock defeat in the quarter-finals of the Austraila Open

The 22nd seed cast friendship aside and finished strongly with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win on Rod Laver Arena and will now face Czech 25th seed Muchova, who earlier stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty. She was upset Wednesday by Karolina Muchova, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Before last year's US Open, where she lost an epic semi-final to eventual champion Naomi Osaka, Brady had been bounced out of the first round four times in her previous five majors.

It was the first two sets Barty has dropped during the tournament, which an Australian hasn't won at Melbourne Park since John Newcombe in 1978.

"It's heartbreaking, of course", Barty said. Today is a massive learning curve for me, for Tyz (coach Craig Tyzzer), my team as well.

Big-serving Jennifer Brady staged a comeback three-set victory over fellow American Jessica Pegula Thursday to book an Australian Open semi-final with Karolina Muchova.

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Last year's Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin, says she had her appendix removed this week. "Hopefully I have a new habit of making finals". The unseeded Pegula, who advanced beyond the third round at a major for the first time, appeared to tire down the stretch. "We're such good friends".

"I'm happy that I handled it well". Both players held serve until 4-3 in the set when Barty struggled through a service game with multiple double faults that ended with Muchova securing her second break of the match. After nine games, Muchova had one victor and 18 unforced errors, and early in the second set, she took an injury timeout that lasted almost 10 minutes.

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Sunny weather, with the temperature in the mid-80s (30 degrees Celsius), was a factor, Muchova said. "And it helped me".

"I was a bit lost on the court, and my head was spinning, so I took a break", said Muchova, adding that she was cooled down with ice off the court during the nine-minute break. She played nearly like no mistakes; it was very tough.

Barty had no complaints about Muchova halting play.

Barty said she had enough experience at this point not to let such an eventuality affect her in future matches. Barty quickly left the court after the match, visibly disappointed with her loss in a tournament she had a serious chance to win. Barty, pushed behind the baseline, became indecisive and erratic. Muchova came out of the break and broke Barty the next game, who lost all four points on her racket with unforced errors. Up a break at 2-1 in the second set, the end was in sight when Muchova took a medical time out after not feeling well.

"I've played a lot of matches where there have been medical time-outs". "I just pressed a little bit too much, and gave up too many cheap errors at some pretty critical times".

Brady is a former UCLA star.

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