Australian Open: Ash Barty, world No. 1, stunned in quarterfinals

Australian Open: Ash Barty, world No. 1, stunned in quarterfinals

Muchova awaits the victor of the all-American quarterfinal between Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula, with all three women looking to play in their first grand slam final, with only one prior semifinal appearance between the trio.

"When you look down the other end, you can see she was taking her time quite often and it was probably the first warmer day we've had here for a while, but I tried not to focus on her too much and it's about going about it the right way for me".

'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'.

Kenin lost to Kaia Kanepi in straight sets in the second round of her title defense at the Australian Open last week. Brady skipped out to a 3-0 lead in the second as she eyed forcing a decider but relinquished her advantage and threw her racquet in frustration after losing a point.

Medical personnel took her temperature, checked her blood pressure and gave her ice before she left the court. After nine games, Muchova had one victor and 18 unforced errors, and early in the second set, she took an injury timeout that lasted almost 10 minutes.

Seeded No. 25, Muchova earned her first semifinal berth in a Grand Slam.

But in scenes reminiscent to last year's Australian Open men's final between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, a controversial injury timeout flipped the match on its head.

After dropping the first set, Brady managed to pull it together in the second set, forcing Pegula to play from the baseline more after she dominated from the net in the first.

That 10-minute pause in the match proved to be the catalyst for a stunning turnaround, and one which will likely haunt Barty for some time.

Barty played without what would have been overwhelming Rod Laver Arena crowd support.

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.

"Yeah, it's heartbreaking, of course", the top seed said.

"Without a doubt it's disappointing, but we learn and move on and don't let it ruin what has been a really successful and enjoyable start to the new season".

"But will it deter me?"

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