World tennis player Ashleigh Barty is now in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open following victory over Barbora Krejcikova.
Barty thrashed the Czech ninth seed 6-2, 6-4 to secure a slot in the semi. The two-time Australian Grand Slam champion needed this win so much to book a slot in the semi-finals.
It came after losing in the second set.
Barty will square it out with Germany’s Angelique Kerber who was nursing an injury sustained in the quarter-finals.
Kerber was leading with 6-4 3-3 before retiring to nurse the injury. She had, however, won the quarter-finals.
Ashler Barty Rise
Barty began her professional career in April 2010. That was after she turned 14 at an International Tennis Federation (ITF) $25K event in Ipswich.
The tennis starlet is ranked No.1 in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). In addition, Barty is also the second Australian singles No.1 after Australian Evonne Goolagong.
Ashleigh has also been a top 10 player in doubles. This is after achieving a career-high ranking of No.5 in the world.
Ashleigh Barty Tennis Success
Barty has had several achievements in her career. She has won eleven doubles titles on the WTA Tour. That is the inclusion of one Grand Slam singles title at the 2019 French Open.
She has also obtained one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open. That was with partner Coco Vandeweghe.
Ashleigh Barty is also the reigning champion in singles at the WTA Finals. She has had a promising career, reaching a career-high ranking of No.2 in the world. She held that position after she won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon in 2011.
Late during the 2014 season, Barty made a decision to take a break from tennis. She, therefore, played cricket during that period. She signed with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women’s Bog Bash League season. That was despite having no formal training in the sport.
Barty became interested in potentially playing cricket after meeting with the Australian women’s national team in early 2015 to discuss her experience as a professional athlete.Ashleigh Barty made a comeback to tennis in early 2016.
She had a breakout year in singles in 2017, winning her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and rising to No. 17 in the world despite having never been ranked inside the top 100 before her time off.
Barty serves as the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.