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Barty enjoying the ride

28th January 2020, 13:00 by Jack Ogalbe

Ashleigh Barty is trying to play with "enjoyment" as she carries the hopes of the home fans at the Australian Open.

The 23-year-old is through to her maiden Melbourne semi-final after outlasting 2019 finalist Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, in the process becoming the first Australian to reach the last four since Wendy Turnbull 36 years ago.

As the top seed and French Open champion, the pressure is on Barty to end her country's wait for success in this event, with Chris O'Neil's triumph in 1978 making her the last home winner.

Speaking after her 7-6 6-2 win over Kvitova, the Queenslander says she is doing her best to enjoy the tournament and ensure she does not get distracted by the attention surrounding her.

"I'm here to try and do the best that I can," Barty stated. "Obviously it's exciting. Hopefully I can bring a smile to a few faces around our country and around the world.

"For me, it's trying to do the best that I can, find that enjoyment for myself and my team."

Number 14 seed Sofia Kenin is next up for Barty in the last four after she defeated Tunisia's Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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