Ashley Barty (25, Australia), the number one in the women’s tennis world rankings, launched the first major tournament this year, the Australian Open (a total of 80 million Australian dollars, about 66.8 billion won) amid the enthusiastic support of home fans. After Christine O’Neill in 1978, there was no Australian player who won the women’s singles, so the expectations for him were even higher. And he seemed to live up to the win and win until the quarterfinals. However, Barty, who had been hoping to free the hunger after 43 years, collapsed in the semi-finals.
It was Karolina Mukhoba (25, Czech Republic), 27th in the world who defeated Barti. Mujoba defeated Barty 2-1 (1-6 6-3 6-2) in the women’s singles quarterfinals on the 10th day of the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia on the 17th. Mujoba, the winner of the Korea Open Women’s Professional Tennis (WTA) Tour held in Seoul in September 2019, was the best in her major tournament in the 2019 Wimbledon Quarter, but she first stepped into the top of the quarter with a victory that day. On the other hand, Barty advanced to the quarterfinals in 2019 and to the quarterfinals last year at the Australian Open, and packed up in the quarterfinals again this year. On the same day, Mujoba won the semi-finals with Jennifer Brady (24th place, US), who defeated Jessica Pegula (61th) 2-1 (4-6 6-2 6-1) last year. Pay.
However, attention is focused on the confrontation between Naomi Osaka (24, Japan), the third place in the world, and Serina Williams (40, USA), who advanced to the quarterfinals the day before. This is because the match between Mukhoba and Brady is a clash between players outside the top 20 in the rankings, so the Osaka-Williams match seems to be the de facto final. In particular, Williams has not won a major competition since the 2017 Australian Open. If he rises to the top of the tournament after four years, it will be tied to the record of Margaret Court’s (Australia) Grand Slam women’s singles all-time best win (24 times).
Reporter Song Yong-jun
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