Ashleigh Barty Survives Tough Battle Against Tamara Zidansek at Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/01/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat


It was the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 and fans saw an exciting encounter there. In an epic clash, it was World No.1 Ashleigh Barty who somehow managed to survive a tough battle against Tamara Zidansek. Even though the Australian lost the second set in a humiliating manner, she made an incredible comeback in the final set. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

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Set-1: Ashleigh Barty takes the early lead

Serving first, Tamara Zidansek took the early lead by winning the first game quite comfortably. She even managed to win two break-points in the next game but Ashleigh Barty saved both of them to equalize the scoreline.

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The one who served continued to win till the 8th game and the scoreline soon reached 4-4. The match was looking intense and could have gone either way.  However, it was Barty who showed why she is the World No.1 player and broke in the 9th game.

She didn’t take much time after that and won the next game to seal the set 6-4.

Set-2: Tamara Zidansek stuns Ashleigh Barty

Tamara once again won the first game and established an early lead over Barty. However, with the help of a beautiful forehand, Barty managed to level the scoreline in the very next game.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia looks dejected after losing a point in her match against Jennifer Brady of the USA during day four of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 09, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

It was after this game that something incredible happened on the court. Tamara saved four break-points in the third game to take the lead once again. Surprisingly, she broke in the first time in the match in the subsequent game to extend her lead to 3-1.

Barty was looking clueless and lost the next game too. Tamara was completely dominant and she broke for the second time to take the lead to 5-1 in the next game. She was looking in a hurry and wrapped up the set in the next game. Thus, she won the set 6-1.

Set-3: Barty wins the decider

Barty enjoyed a superb start in the third set. It was as if she re-programmed herself and came back pretty strongly. After winning the first game, she broke in the second and then won the third too to establish a 3-0 lead over Tamara.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates at match point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the final during day thirteen of the Miami Open tennis on March 30, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tamara got some momentum back and reduced the lead to 3-1. She gained two break-points in the next game but Barty survived both of them and once again built a 4-1 lead over her. However, Tamara again played some fabulous shots to narrow down the margin to 4-2.

Maybe, it was too late for Tamara. Barty had gained her momentum by this time and won the next game to take her lead to 5-2. She was just one game away from reaching the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021.

Barty had to wait for some more time as Tamara managed to bring the scoreline to 5-3. However, it didn’t go beyond the 9th game as Barty won quite comfortably in the next game. As a result, she conquered the set 6-3, and thus, won the match.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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