Wimbledon: Barbora Krejcikova sets up fourth-round clash with Ashleigh Barty


French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic booked a spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5 win over Latvia`s Anastasija Sevastova.

Barbora will take on world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, for a place in the quarterfinals after the Australian overcame her doubles partner, Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, to close out play on Centre Court on Saturday evening with a 6-3, 7-5 verdict.

Overcoming 56 unforced errors, Barbora edged the former world No.11 Anastasija in 2 hours and 30 minutes, in a match that saw her come from a break down three times in the first set.

“It was really tough today. I was really just battling with myself a lot, because I wasn`t really feeling well,” Barbora told wtatennis.com.

“I really don`t remember much what was happening. I was just there. I was just trying to fight for every ball, and it was really up and down.

“At the end, when she missed the last ball, I was just extremely happy that it`s over. I was really happy it`s over.”

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On her upcoming match against Ashleigh Barty, Barbora said, “All of this, you know, the way that I fought today, all of this is just extremely good achievement so far. It`s perfect result as my debut. Being (in the) second week, you know, I didn`t expect it.

“Just playing Ash, I know her for long time. I remember when she was 15, winning juniors here. I played, as well. I know her for so long. I actually like to watch her, because she gives me a lot of motivation and inspiration to just work hard,” said Barbora.

Ashleigh needed 97 minutes to see off Katerina in the pair`s first career meeting, as she and BArbora will also play for the first time.

“Another second week of a Slam. It`s always exciting. I feel like the consistency for me over the last couple of years, two years, not including 2020, has been good. It`s been nice to be putting myself deeper into these tournaments at the Slams,” Ashleigh said.

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