Barty shocks Shara

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Jan 2019 11:55:11


World number two Angelique Kerber was sensationally bundled out of the Australian Open Sunday by a women playing the event for the first time, as Ashleigh Barty muscled past Maria Sharapova to make the quarter-finals.

On a hot day on Margaret Court Arena, the German Wimbledon champion was left stunned by American Danielle Collins who humiliated her 6-0, 6-2.

Ranked 35 in the world, she is little known on the WTA Tour after playing much of her tennis in the US college system and was making her debut in the main draw at Melbourne Park. She had never won a Grand Slam match before this year.
“I may not have won a Grand Slam match before this but I tell you, it's going to keep happening,” said 25-year-old Collins. I better have many more of these.”

Collins said she held no fears about facing three-time Slam champion Kerber. “I just go out fearless, just give it my all.” Her reward is a last-eight clash with either fifth seed Sloane Stephens or Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who play later.

RESULTS: Women's singles: Pre-quarters: •Petra Kvitova (CZE S-8) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-2, 6-1 •Ashleigh Barty (AUS S-15) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS S-30) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. •Danielle Collins (USA) bt Angelique Kerber (GER S-2) 6-0, 6-2 •Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Sloane Stephens (USA S-5) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3.