At the quarterfinals of the Italian Open 2021 in Rome, the world number one Ashleigh Barty was leading 6-4, 2-1 when she suddenly decided to retire with a physical problem in her left leg. The Australian, until that moment, had controlled most of the exchanges and put the young Cori Gauff in difficulty by varying her tennis to great effect.
After the third game of the second set, Barty asked for the intervention of the physiotherapist and, at the end of a short interview, she immediately made her decision. The extent of the injury that hit Barty is not yet known, but her hope is to see her back on the court without problems at the Roland Garros.
The last quarter-final between Elina Svitolina and Iga Swiatek did not take place due to the heavy rain that hit Rome in the late afternoon. In the second quarter-final of the day, Jelena Ostapenko literally threw away the opportunity to reach the penultimate act of one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WTA circuit.
The Latvian won the first set with a score of 6-4, but in the second she started to manage badly the important moments of the match. In fact, Ostapenko lost his service twice in a row in the final stages of the second set and allowed Karolina Pliskova to return to the game.
Finally, in the third and decisive set, Ostapenko made three blunders out of the three match points he had in the tenth game and won only one point in the tie-break that led the Czech to the semifinals. Petra Martic won the semifinals after defeating Jessica Pegula in two sets.
In the first set, the two players got a break each other twice before finding some balance and consistency in serving. The turning point game, the eleventh, saw Martic snatch his opponent's serve on the fourth occasion and close the set without worries at 7-5.
The second half of the game also turned out to be very balanced, but the Croatian won once again who flawlessly covered the net on the break ball granted by Pegula in the ninth game.
Rains stopped a lot of matches
After the victories of Reilly Opelka and Rafael Nadal, who will face each other today in the semifinals, the rain has given no respite to the tournament in Rome and the organizers have been forced to postpone the matches between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, Lorenzo Sonego and Andrey to today Rublev and the one between Elina Svitolina and Iga Swiatek as regards the women's Tour.
The only two players who had a chance to play for almost an hour were Djokovic and Tsitsipas. The Greek is one set and one break ahead and, up to the moment of suspension, he showed great solidity from the baseline.