‘I knew I’d have to do something special,’ says Ashleigh Barty as she reaches Stuttgart semi-final

Ashleigh Barty staged a stunning comeback to reach the Stuttgart semi-finals, describing it as a ‘really good battle.’

The world number one went a set down against Karolina Pliskova, before winning the second set and setting up an incredible third set decider in which Pliskova served for the match.

However, with the pressure on, Barty showed grit and determination breaking the Czech twice in a row to eventually win the match 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

“It was an incredible match, with two very different opening sets, and the third was extraordinary,” said Barty.

“I felt like I created a lot of opportunities and Karolina was able to come up with some quality stuff on some massive points. It was a really good battle.”

“I missed some returns, but Karolina is a fierce competitor who has been at the top of her game for a long time,” said Barty.

“I knew I’d have to do something special to claw my way back and get back on my terms.”

“It’s a funny scoring system, you’re never out of it and you just have to keep trying every time you step up to the line to serve or return.”

The win was Barty’s 18th win this year, and she will now face world number five Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals. If she wins she will face either Simona Halep or Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

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