'Monster win': Ash Barty and John Peers knock out top rivals

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Ash Barty and John Peers (pictured) hug each other after winning in mixed doubles quarter-final.
Ash Barty and John Peers (pictured) celebrate after advancing to the mixed doubles semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics. (Image: Twitter)

Australian mixed doubles pair Ash Barty and John Peers advanced to the semi-final after a thrilling victory in Tokyo.

Barty has endured a tough time in Tokyo after being knocked out in the first round of the singles event, before falling in the quarter-final stage in the doubles.

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But, the WTA World No.1 is one win away from a medal after taking control in the final match tiebreak to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari of Greece in the quarterfinals 6-4, 4-6 [10-6].

Both Barty and Peers are doubles Grand Slam champions and it immediately showed as they started on fire.

Sakkari and Tsitsipas fought back and raced to a 2-0 lead and hold on to take the second set.

At 1-1, the match was sent to a nerve-racking super tiebreak.

However, Barty and Peers stood up and took control when it mattered most to advance to the semi-final where they will take on Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of the ROC.

Fans started to get excited for Barty and Peers with a chance of a tennis medal in view after the important victory against two strong opponents.

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Ash Barty suffers tough Tokyo campaign

Earlier this week, Ash Barty was knocked out of the doubles event at the Olympics in heartbreaking fashion after a close match-deciding tiebreak at the quarter-finals stage.

Barty and Storm Sanders couldn't hold off a spirited Czech pairing of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakov after falling in a match tiebreak in soaring heat.

This added to the World No.1's heartache in her first round singles loss on Monday, which took the Olympics by surprise.

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