Beijing - World No 1 Ashleigh Barty said she produced some of her best tennis
this year as she battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a
gutsy victory over Petra Kvitova.
The Australian came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and will
play Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.
"From my opinion, that was one of the highest-quality matches I
played all year," said the 23-year-old, the reigning French Open
"Petra always has a way of bringing out the best in me, she really does.
"From both of us, I think the level was incredible.
"Regardless of winning or losing, I think I'd be sitting here with
the exact same perspective, kind of the same feeling of the match
This was the sixth meeting between Barty and two-time Wimbledon
champion Kvitova, with the former winning only one of her previous
encounters against the Czech.
Barty, who had strapping on her left calf, was under the cosh in the
deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.
But Barty grabbed the break back and, with the clock ticking past two
hours on court, broke Kvitova again for a decisive 5-3 lead.
Bertens, eighth in the world, sealed her spot in the semi-finals with a two-set victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.