Ash Barty vs Victoria Azarenka outcome, Cincinnati Masters

Ash Barty has stormed by means of to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters with a panoramic win over defending champion Victoria Azarenka.

The Aussie famous person pummelled Azarenka 6-0 6-2, successful 10 straight video games to start out the match in her first event since winning bronze in mixed doubles at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Barty was rusty in her opening conflict in opposition to Britain’s Heather Watson however confirmed sufficient metal to win 6-4 7-6. There have been no such stumbles in opposition to Azarenka, as she dominated the previous world No. 1 from begin to end to assert victory in 72 minutes.

Azarenka, a two-time grand slam winner, was powerless on Centre Court docket as Barty confirmed a ruthless effectivity on serve matched with a intelligent return sport that noticed her breeze into the following spherical, the place she’ll face both reigning French Open champion Barbola Krejcikova or Garbine Muguruza for a spot within the remaining 4.

The Barty-Azarenka scoreline took loads of individuals unexpectedly. The Queenslander was the favorite heading into the match, however no person anticipated world No. 13 Azarenka to be blown away like she was.

Tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg reacted by tweeting “crikey” whereas the official WTA Twitter account merely mentioned “wow”.

Commentator Jose Morgado mentioned: “The world primary did #1 issues.”

The Tennis Podcast’s social media workforce was simply as gobsmacked, tweeting a gif with Azarenka saying “what is going on?” throughout a earlier match in her profession.

Barty was unstoppable.Supply: Getty Photographs

Talking after her scrappy win over Watson to start out the event, Barty mentioned she was feeling good concerning the American hardcourt swing as she gears up for the US Open beginning later this month.

She’ll be hoping so as to add one other main title to her resume after winning grand slam singles crown number two at Wimbledon in July.

“I really feel good. I really feel like I’m able to play,” Barty mentioned after beating Watson. “I’m as near 100 per cent as I’m ever going to get.

“I really feel snug and prepared and excited to be taking part in right here in Cincinnati and understanding that we’re shifting on to New York, probably the greatest tournaments and probably the greatest atmospheres on the planet, that brings pleasure.”

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