‘It’s heartbreaking’ – Ashleigh Barty out of Australian Open after superb Karolina Muchova fightback

The Ashleigh Barty Australian Open party is over for another year after she suffered a heart-breaking’ quarterfinal defeat to Karolina Muchova.

Barty appeared strong favourite within her half of the draw to make the final, and she started the match brilliantly.

However, after a medical time out, Muchova pulled herself together to come back and claim a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

“It’s heartbreaking, of course,” Barty said after the match.

“But the sun will come up tomorrow. You’re either winning or you’re learning, and today is a massive learning curve for me.

“I just overplayed. I just pressed a little bit too much, and gave up too many cheap errors at some pretty critical times.”

The match seemed to be completely turned on its head by a medical time out by Muchova in the second set, with her saying she left the court due to her ‘head spinning.’

Barty, though, says she refuses to allow that to be used as an excuse for her defeat.

“It’s within the rules,” Barty said. “She’s within her rights to take that time.

“That shouldn’t be a massive turning point in the match. I’m disappointed I let that be a turning point.”

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