Showing no signs of her tightly squeezed left thigh, Ashley Barty overcame a faltering start to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open; There were also victories for Elena Svitolina, Karolina Muchova, Elise Mertens and Donna VekicLast update: 02/13/21 10:47 a.m. Ashley Barty overcame a faltering start to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open World Series 1, Ashley Barty overcame the start-up bump to reach The fourth round of the Australian Open inside the empty Margaret Court Arena on Saturday. Despite playing with a tight thigh, Barty suffered a breakdown in the two sets to defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-4, and the 2019 French Open champion, who is looking to become the first domestic champion at the Australian Open since 1978, recovered who lost the first Two games by seven games in a row. Barty overcame her despite playing with a tight thigh. Barty will play against unseeded American Shelby Rogers, who climbed to the fourth round for the first time in her career after beating Annette Contavet 6-4 6-3. Alexandrova fought back to lead 4. 2 in the second set but Barty responded again to move to the fourth round for the third year in a row. “It’s very strange,” said Barty. “I’ve never experienced it before in my life.” “It changes the pitch. It’s a bit rude but I like it. I like the fans but I like the sound of the ball.” A surprise five-day lockdown in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak went into effect shortly before midnight Friday, restricting Victoria’s six million residents home and locking down tennis fans. The bustling crowd was shut down and the only noise was the masked chatter of these workers deemed necessary – police, security guards, match officials and the media. Elena Svitolina became the first player to win behind closed doors at the Australian Open, Elena Svitolina set up a fourth round meeting with unseeded American Jessica Bigula, and fans were not allowed in for the first time after putting Melbourne in five days. The shutdown was closed on Saturday, meaning that no one was there to witness Svitolina’s 6-4, 6-0 victory over Yulia Putintseva, the fifth seed chose not to play in the US Open last September while spectators were allowed to enter the French Open a month later, so she was This is her first experience playing in an empty stadium at Grand Slam. Svitolina and Yulia Putintseva played in an empty stadium. “The conditions were very different,” Svitolina said. “I played a night match at 7 pm with a good crowd. Now it’s totally different. It was definitely a bit annoying, I would say, somehow sad.” But that is what it is. I had to accept. I should have had a good mindset, I don’t think too much about it. I’ve only tried to focus on my game. “I actually had very few ideas about it, it feels like a training match. I tried to convince myself that it is a Grand Slam and that we are playing an important game. I have to focus on a match.” But there are definitely some ideas and there are some low moments that could be To sneak into the mind. This is what we have to deal with. I am doing my best to do this. Bigula advanced to the fourth round in a major tournament for the first time after scoring 21 winners en route to beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-1. Her career was interrupted by a series of knee and hip injuries, and spending a year and a half recovering after surgery on her hip “The last injury, the hip, was definitely the most difficult one to come back from.” I realized for the first time that I would have to have an operation, because I was in a prolapsed state and was discharged for a few days. ”I didn’t even know if I wanted to come back. . This was very difficult. I think I just got over that. I was like, whatever, I’ll fight through it again. After already breaking one racket, earning her a violation of the code, Pliskova once again let out her frustration on a second racket as she left the field and received another violation, giving Muchova the first point of the second set Karolina Moshova had made a great second – the group’s return to send her friend and Karolina Pliskova, World number six, packs from this year’s tournament 7-5 and 7-5. After getting the first set, the third-round match seemed to be heading to a play-off after Pliskova advanced 5-0. In the second set, Machova, ranked 25, regained composure. She had the courage to play seven games in a row and match her best performance ever in a Grand Slam tournament by reaching the fourth round. “I had chances to serve, I could have done a lot,” said Czech Pliskova, “Things are better today. I don’t think my game is the best.” Of course. I don’t want to be so cynical and too negative because I just lost. ” “It wasn’t feeling great in any of my matches. Here. I think in general, a lot of bugs or a CH scare in rallies. I don’t know if it’s about not having any games much lately. I don’t feel safe with anything I’ve been doing on the field.” . Machova will face Elise Mertens next after the Belgian continued their winning start until 2021 with a 6-2 6-1 win over 11th seed Belinda Bencic. Donna Vekic stared in defeat in the face before rallying to defeat Kaya Kanebi, Donna Vekic staring defeat in the face before she made an impressive comeback to beat Kaya Kanibi. Kanebi, who defeated defender Sophia Kenin in the second round, had another seed in her eyesight leading the group 3-0 only to Croatia to put in their best shot at 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. Vikic, seed 28 You will play in the semi-finals of the US Open last year. Jennifer Brady qualified for the finals after America’s victory over Slovenian Kaja Jovan 6-1, 6-3. Britain’s Jimmy Murray and Bethany Matic Sands made a successful start in the mixed doubles meeting Jimmy Murray and Bethany Matic Sands. It begins in mixed doubles Murray and Mattick Sands, who won the US Open 2019 title, have not played together since the Australian Open last year, as mixed doubles were not played at the US Open and French Open last year due to coronavirus restrictions. However, he was back in time here and the Scottish-American duo beat Rohan Bobana Wenging Doan 6-4 6-4. Don’t forget to follow us at skysports.com/tennis, our account on Twitterskysportstennis & Sky Sports – fast! Available for download now on – iPhone, iPad and Android.