Ash Barty described her shock loss to Karolina Muchova in thier quarterfinal clash on Rod Laver Arena as ‘hearbreaking’ and a ‘massive learning curve’.

The world No.1 looked in a commanding position after the first set against her Czech opponent before three tables turned.

“It’s heartbreaking, of course,” Barty said after the 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.

Ash Barty answers questions after her loss to Karolina Muchova. Photo: Tennis Australia/ FIONA HAMILTON

“But the sun will come up tomorrow. You’re either winning or you’re learning, and today is a massive learning curve for me.

“I just overplayed. I just pressed a little bit too much, and gave up too many cheap errors at some pretty critical times.”

Barty refused to allow the medical time out to be an excuse.

Karolina Muchova cools down between games on a hot Rod Laver Arena. Photo: Tennis Australia/ LUKE HEMER

“It’s within the rules,” she said. “She’s within her rights to take that time.

“That shouldn’t be a massive turning point in the match. I’m disappointed I let that be a turning point.”


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