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Barty delighted to break into top-10

27th March 2019, 17:57 by Tom McGarry

Ashleigh Barty will move into the top-10 of the world rankings next week following her victory over Petra Kvitova at the Miami Open.

The Australian booked her place in the semi-finals at the Hard Rock Stadium with a hard-fought 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 victory over Kvitova in a match that lasted two hours and 32 minutes.

It was also the first time Barty had ever beaten the two-time Wimbledon champion on the WTA Tour and she felt she executed her game-plan perfectly by negating the Czech player's serve.

"It was important for me for me to try and take Petra's serve away from her as much as possible," Barty told reporters.

"She has got an absolute world-class serve. At times It was still out of my control, but I tried to do the best I could and get into as many service games as I could, and I thought I did that really well tonight."

Barty had an extra reason to celebrate, as the victory was enough to ensure that she will move into the world's top-10 for the first time in her career when the new rankings are released next week and she was clearly delighted by that news.

"It feels good. It's been a goal of mine for a long time now," she added. "It's amazing what happens when you put your hopes and dreams out into the universe and do the work."

The 22-year-old will now take on Anett Kontaveit for a place in the final on Thursday, as she looks to reach her second WTA final of the season, following on from her impressive run at the Sydney International in January.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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