Ashleigh Barty may have dropped serve for the first time this season, but overall we can say she cruised past Amanda Anisimova 6-4 6-3 in the fourth round of the 2022 Australian Open.
The first set persistently went with serve until 3-3, even though both players had opportunities to break, but as Barty won the crucial seventh game to break Anisimova, the rest of the set was a relative cruise for her.
Then, Barty’s 63-service-game winning streak ended….
Anisimova broke Barty in the second game of the second set, which was the world No.1’s first drop of serve this season, as she also dominated all her opponents at this month’s Adelaide International tournament. The world No.60 Anisimova’s lead was short-lived, however, as Barty broke right back to 2-2 and routinely finished the match.
In the quarterfinals, Barty’s opponent will be Jessica Pegula, the American 21st seed who beat fifth seed Maria Sakkari 7-6(0) 6-3 earlier in Margaret Court Arena.