Wimbledon live: Ash Barty vs Barbora Krejcikova

World No. 1 Ash Barty will take on Czech star Barbora Krejcikova on Monday evening for a spot in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The Australian only needed 97 minutes to power into the round of 16, recording 26 winners in a near-faultless display on Sunday morning AEST against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

Thankfully, there were no signs of the bizarre serving woes that plagued Barty in her second round win over Anna Blinkova.

Barty — who has never progressed beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon — is bidding to win her first Wimbledon singles title on the 50th anniversary of fellow Indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s maiden crown.

The round four match between Barty and Siniakova will commence at approximately 10pm AEST.

Barty falls victim to ‘messed up’ draw

An apparent flaw in Wimbledon’s ranking system has been exposed ahead of Barty’s mouth-watering encounter with Krejcikova.

The 25-year-old Czech star made headlines last month after clinching her maiden grand slam singles title, toppling Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the French Open final.

Tennis pundits have therefore questioned why the Roland Garros champion is scheduled to face world No. 1 Barty in the round of 16.

Ash Barty of Australia.Source:Getty Images

Krejcikova is currently second on the WTA year-end race with 3258 points in 2021, narrowly behind Barty on 3381.

As pointed out by tennis reporter Jose Morgado, world No. 15 Krejcikova hasn’t climbed the WTA rankings due to the “frozen rankings” system introduced after the coronavirus pandemic disruption.

“This shouldn’t happen,” Morgado tweeted on Sunday.

“Somebody messed up this post pandemic break WTA Rankings.

“Never happened at Wimbledon I can assure you. Impossible in a normal world that a Race #2 is outside the top 12 of the Ranking in July.”

Although Barty and Krejcikova have come up against one another in the doubles arena, they’ve never played each other in a singles match.

“It‘s a new experience for both of us, some new challenges that for sure will force some of my best tennis,” Barty said.

“I‘m looking forward to that challenge, trying to figure out her game, kind of piece together the puzzle that she presents.

“I’m very privileged to be in the second week of Wimbledon again. This is genuinely one of my favourite weeks of the year, so to be able to be prolonging my stay is a lot of fun.”

– with James Matthey

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