World number 1 Ash Barty has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the third time in a row after a direct victory over Shelby Rogers

Barty was at his best on Monday night at the Rod Laver Arena for a large part of her 6-3, 6-4 triumph over the unsettled American Took her an hour and 11 minutes to book a spot in the last eight

She only lost one service game to Rogers, surprisingly when she started the match 5-2 in the second set

Barty is next against Karolina Muchova with the 25 Playing seeds, the Elise Mertens – the 18th Seed of the tournament – in their encounter in the fourth round 7: 6 (7: 5) and 7: 5 defeated

The top half of the draw continued on Monday after the surprising elimination of fifth seed Elina Svitolina, who lost in three sets to Jessica Pegula

Barty is the only seed in the top 10 to reach the quarterfinals in their half

The 24-year-old wants to be the first Australian to win the women’s individual championship since Chris O’Neil in 1978

She reached the semi-finals last year, but lost in straight sets against the eventual winner Sofia Kenin

Barty did not return to the WTA tour until the week before the Australian Open, after having missed eleven months of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic

She won the Yarra Valley Classic, an opening tournament in Melbourne Park, and gave her a confidence boost ahead of her eighth Australian Open campaign

“If we had looked at the prep during our preseason it would be really encouraging to have the start we’ve had so far,” said Barty

“We’re going to keep chopping off and keep trying to do the right things to get as far as we can”

Barty didn’t double fault in the first set while landing 75 percent of her first serves and scoring three aces

Despite the service break in the second movement, she was satisfied with her overall performance

“That was something I really wanted to focus on just to give myself a chance to have more points under control”

Barty was again wearing a bandage and tape on his left thigh but, as in the last two games, showed no signs of physical discomfort on the field

In contrast to her victories in the second and third rounds, Barty had a serve in the opening game

Rogers did the same on her first service game, but she soon pursued Barty, who quickly took command of the first set

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A cross-court forehand iced up a break in Rogers’ serve, in which Australia took a 3-1 lead

Rogers had two breakpoints when she trailed 2-4 in the seventh game, but Barty refused to panic and had no more trouble holding the serve

Barty made no mistake when he served for the first set 5-3, closing it in just 29 minutes

She was on her way to victory when she served 5-2 in the second set with the luxury of two match points and a double break

But Rogers, who gave Barty a rigorous test during his quarter-finals in the Yarra Valley Classic earlier this month, didn’t turn around as he stared at defeat

She won four consecutive points to gain her first break of the game before holding in the next game

An unimpressed Barty rebounded, however, by serving love to secure a quarter-finals against Muchova

Barty, who won her previous encounter with Muchova in the third round of the 2018 US Open, said she expected tough competition against the Czechs

“I know she has the ability to maneuver the ball around the court, play with variety, and play with form”

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