Barty, Jabeur out to extend Melbourne runs

Barty, Jabeur out to extend Melbourne runs

MELBOURNE: Top seed Ashleigh Barty steps up her bid to end the host country’s title drought and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur is chasing more history in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The world number one Barty is under huge pressure to win in Melbourne — the last time an Australian woman triumphed in their home Grand Slam was Chris O’Neil in 1978. But the 23-year-old, the reigning French Open champion, faces a stern test in 2019 finalist Petra Kvitova, and Barty has not had it all her own way in Melbourne.

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