Ash Barty Beats Maria Sharapova To Secure Australian Open Quarter Final Spot
Ash Barty has secured her spot in the Australian Open quarter-finals after beating Maria Sharapova in a three-set thriller.
In an incredible match, the world number 15 came from a set down to beat one of the very best in Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
After the first set loss, Barty came flying back into the match, dominating the second set to win 6-1.
The third set started in the same way as Barty won four of the first five games but as the best always do, Sharapova rallied.
Fighting back to 4-3, she had Barty on the ropes, and with the experience of five Grand Slam wins under her belt, Sharapova looked like she was going to take the win and silence the Aussie crowd.
Barty survived the comeback though, holding serve to open up a crucial gap at 5-3 as she went on to seal victory in her next service game.
With compatriots Alex de Minaur, Alex Bolt and Alexei Popyrin all knocked out in the third round of the men's draw she is now Australia's sole representative.
The young Queenslander is Australia's first female quarter finalist at the Australian Open in 10 years.