MELBOURNE, Australia — It took the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova less than an hour on Sunday to beat the American teenager Amanda Anisimova and return to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in seven years.
It took four match points and 2 hours 22 minutes before Ashleigh Barty fended off the 2008 champion, Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the singles quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time.
Barty rode the support of a partisan crowd on Rod Laver Arena to become the first Australian woman in a decade to make the final eight in singles here.
Sharapova was loudly booed when she returned from an extended break in the locker room after she lost the second set — it was in the middle of Barty’s nine-game winning roll.
Kvitova wanted no part of another loss to 17-year-old Anisimova, who beat her last year at Indian Wells and was the youngest American since Jennifer Capriati in 1993 to make it this far at Melbourne Park.
Kvitova had to miss the Australian Open in 2017 because she was still recovering from injuries to her left hand that she sustained in a home invasion the previous month at her place in the Czech Republic.
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