'Really bad': Aussie reveals 'uncomfortable' truth about Ash Barty

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Ash Barty, pictured here after she ended Ajla Tomljanovic's remarkable Wimbledon run in the quarter-finals.
Ash Barty ended Ajla Tomljanovic's remarkable Wimbledon run in the quarter-finals. Image: Getty

Ajla Tomljanovic has opened up about her brutal loss to Ash Barty in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, describing how the World No.1's game made her "uncomfortable".

Barty won the all-Australian battle on Centre Court on Tuesday to march into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in her career.

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The dominant 6-1 6-3 victory also made Barty the first Australian woman to reach the semi-finals at the All England Club since Jelena Dokic in 2000.

Speaking after the match, Tomljanovic opened up about how her match-up with Barty was a "really bad" one for her.

“The match-up felt really bad from my side,” Tomljanovic said. 

“Felt like she was neutralising my serve with the slice, which kind of set the tone for me and made me really uncomfortable because it was hard to break her.

“She was serving great, and the slice was just really hard to deal with today.”

Playing on Centre Court for the first time, Tomljanovic admitted she got a bit overwhelmed - mainly by Barty's brilliance.

"Everything started going really quickly, and she was playing well," she said.

"It felt a little bit, like, well, from the backhand side she's slicing, which I'm not liking, and from the forehand she's kind of moving me around the court. I was like, 'Well, where do I go?'"

Ajla Tomljanovic, pictured here in action against Ash Barty in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Ajla Tomljanovic was no match for Ash Barty in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. (Photo by AELTC/Jed Leicester - Pool/Getty Images)

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Tomljanovic, watched by boyfriend Matteo Berrettini who is in the men's quarter finals on Wednesday, reckoned the despair made her angry.

So she started going for her shots more, even earning two breaks of serve herself in the second set while still mostly watching Barty's glorious whip-like forehand winners - 17 in all - fly past.

Barty earned break points to move 5-1 up in the second set, yet the spirited Croatian-born player rescued that game and even broke again to reduce the arrears to 4-3.

The World No.1 then cracked another couple of forehand tracers to break for 5-3 and quickly sealed the deal with a fifth ace.

"I feel good," Barty said after the match.

"The grass season for me, it's one tournament, pretty cut-throat.

"It's allowing myself time to feel relaxed on the court, to learn about the surface, to continue to kind of find my rhythm and find my groove again. I felt really sharp today."

Barty will now play 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals after the German 25th seed had earlier outclassed Karolina Muchova 6-2 6-3.

"It's the ultimate test," said top seed Barty, who's had two wins and two losses against the German previously.

The other semi-final will pit Aryna Sabalenka, the No.2 seed who ended Ons Jabeur's run 6-4 6-3, against Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova - who defeated Viktorija Golubic 6-2 6-2.

with AAP

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