MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ash Barty dominated the decisive super tiebreaker to beat American Shelby Rogers (NYSE 🙂 7-5 2-6 (10-4) and reach the Yarra Valley Classic semifinals as the Open prep tournaments resume. from Australia. Friday after a COVID-19 scare. Warm-up events were called off on Thursday when more than 500 players and officials were screened for COVID-19 after a worker at one of Melbourne’s quarantine hotels contracted the new coronavirus. Barty and world number one Rogers were among the first players to hit the pitch on Friday, playing under a closed roof at Margaret Court Arena on a rainy morning in Melbourne Park. “It was tricky, when the roof closes here, the conditions get pretty sterile,” Barty said. “There were certainly some challenges today … Happy to get over it and get another chance tomorrow.” After catching the first set when Rogers collapsed on serve, seed Barty was on the defensive in the second when the world No. 60 found her range and began dominating rallies with sheer power. However, Shelby’s resurgence faded in the tiebreaker and he surrendered the game with a wild backhand that went well beyond the baseline. Faced with a scheduling jam, the women’s singles matches in the taper events have been reduced to two regular tiebreaker sets with a 10-point super tiebreaker if needed for a final set. Barty, who will carry Australia’s hopes of a first Grand Slam winner at home in 43 years, will face fifth-seeded Serena Williams (NYSE 🙂 or another American in Danielle Collins for a place in the final.
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