A stunning mural painted on a Melbourne wall next to the John Cain Arena at the Australian Open couldn’t lift local hero Ash Barty into the the semi-finals today, beaten in three sets by Karolina Muchova.

The mural by artist Monty Aka Paink took three days to complete.

Ashleigh Barty visits the mural by artist Paink. Photo: Tennis Australia/ FIONA HAMILTON

“The eyes really capture the emotion,” Paink said.

“And being. Asocial Aussie here, I just wanted to do a good job.”

Barty was impressed.

“It’s really cool and I think as Monty said, he wanted to nail the eyes and he’s done a great job.”

Monty Paink works on his Ash Barty mural. Photo: Tennis Australia/ VINCE CALIGIURI

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