Karolina Muchova outlasts No. 1 Ash Barty to reach Australian Open semifinals

Ash Barty continues campaign to become the first Australian to win the Open since 1978

Ash Barty continues campaign to become the first Australian to win the Open since 1978

Australia's Ash Barty wipes the sweat from her face during her quarterfinal match against Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.

Barty, who hadn't dropped a set on her way into the quarterfinals, started strongly against her lower-ranked opponent, but fell in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.

'I think she said she felt dizzy, but then came out and whatever they did for her really helped because she came out and she played some really good tennis, started getting her serve moving, started getting her serve moving, started to really use her forehand well, came forward a lot more, but I think a bit of disbelief for all of us in regards to this match'.

She broke again for a 5-0 lead and sealed the set in 24 minutes, with Muchova winning only 11 points, hitting just one victor against 13 unforced errors. She played nearly like no mistakes; it was very tough.

World number three Naomi Osaka will take on USA superstar Serena Williams in the first semi-final on Thursday to book the first spot in Saturday night's final.

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Not letting up, Barty broke Muchova for a third time in the opening game of the second set to continue her utter domination. Then the quarter-final turned spectacularly. Medical personnel took her pulse and temperature before she left the court, and when the Czech returned, she played much better. It was more they just checked my pressure because, like I said, I was a bit lost.

"It helped me. I tried to get back, played a bit faster rallies so we don't play the long ones as in the first set and it worked well".

After coughing up her first double-fault in her next service game, Barty had to fight off another two break points to level the set at 3-3 with Muchova's time-out clearly halting the Australian's momentum.

Muchova's 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2 victory sets up a semifinal against the victor of the all American clash between 22nd seed Jennifer Brady and the unseeded Jessica Pegula.

But the 24-year-old Muchova rallied from a break down to take the second set 6-3 and force a deciding third set.

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