'It's a joke': Fans fume over Ash Barty opponent's 'disgraceful' act

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Ash Barty (pictured right) kneeling to stay warm and (pictured left) Karolina Muchova in tears while receiving treatment.
Ash Barty (pictured right) was forced to wait for Karolina Muchova (pictured left) after she took a Medical Time Out and stormed back into the match. (Images: Channel Nine)

Fans have slammed Ash Barty's quarter-final opponent Karolina Muchova after the Czech player took a controversial medical timeout in her shock win over the World No.1 at the Australian Open.

Barty made an astonishing start to the Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday, winning the first set against Muchova in just 24 minutes.

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The Aussie also capitalised in the second set, taking an early break to lead 2-1.

But in a sudden move, Muchova broke down in tears at the changeover as medical officials checked her vitals.

She was then taken from court for around 10 minutes as Barty tried to stay warm on court.

Fans became frustrated when Muchova returned to court and won nine of the next 11 games, accusing Muchova of using the medical timeout as a tactic.

Some described Muchova's actions as "disgraceful", despite doctors and medical personnel checking her over.

There was no suggestion Muchova wasn't physically injured, however medical timeouts have been the source of much controversy over the years.

Muchova then stormed away to take the second set 6-3, before winning the match to advance to the semi-finals.

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Barty capitulated from a set and a service break up in a shock 1-6 6-3 6-2 loss.

"I was a bit lost on the court and my head was spinning so I took a break and it helped me," Muchova said.

"I started feeling a bit lost by the end of the first set.

"Ash started very good. She played like no mistakes. It was very tough."

There was no sign of trouble for Barty early on as the top seed dropped just seven points while charging to a 5-0 lead in the first set.

Muchova took 21 minutes to finally get on the board.

Not letting up, Barty broke Muchova for a third time in the opening game of the second set to continue her utter domination.

Then the quarter-final turned spectacularly with the medical timeout controversy.

Asked if she was injured, the 2019 Wimbledon quarter-finalist said: "No. It was more they just checked my pressure because, like I said, I was a bit lost. I was spinning.

"So they cooled me down a bit with ice and it helped me."

with AAP

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