Party for Barty as she beats Sharapova at Australian Open


After Maria Sharapova lost to Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open, an airbourne camera smashed into the umpire's chair and broke the roof off it.

Unseeded American Danielle Collins took less than an hour to thrash 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 and power her way into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday (Jan 20).

Although technically within the rules, fans saw through the move as a ploy to halt Barty's momentum in the match. The fans in attendance in Melbourne also made their feelings known and scorned the 5-time Grand Slam victor.

The world number fifteen ranked player says that unlike Tennis, cricket is not a lonesome sport with teammates always around to back her up. After dropping the second set - midway through Barty's nine-game winning roll - Sharapova took an extended break in the locker room and was booed when she came back to court.

15th seed Barty beat five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to enter the quarter-final where she will face Czech Petra Kvitova.

After the match, Sharapova was curt with reporters when asked whether the crowd's heckling affected her performance, calling such questions "silly". She mixes it up a fair bit and I don't think people know how to handle it.

Next up is Kvitova, who beat Barty in the final of the warm-up Sydney International this month. They got into a memorable dog-fight in the seventh game that included a breath-taking 21 shot rally which ended with Barty's backhand drifting into the deuce tram-lines, and Sharapova held for 3-4.

Great attitude, great player, LOVE HER.

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In her first service game of the third, Sharapova double-faulted to gift Barty three break points. "Time and time again she proves she will fight until the last point".

This will be her first visit to the quarter-finals of a slam, on her 18th attempt.

'I have given myself the opportunity and the chance to play in front of the best crowd in the world on one of the best courts in the world and in my home slam, ' she added.

"It was a little close wasn't it!"

In men's action, Frances Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday in style with a 7-5 7-6 (6), 6-7 (1), 7-5 win over No. 20-seeded Grigor Dimitrov to advance to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

She joins Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019, which was announced Monday at the Australian Open.

The last game had all the tension of those that had gone before. "That first match point, my ears were ringing".

"I needed to take that time away".