Miami, QF: Petra beaten by Barty

Ashleigh Barty confirmed her rise into the WTA’s Top 10 in emphatic style, claiming her first career win over No.3 seed Petra Kvitova in a late-night stunner at the Miami Open.

The No.12-seeded Aussie came into the matchup, including two defeats on home soil earlier in the season: Barty fell in a three-set heartbreaker against Kvitova in the final of Sydney and was later routed by the Czech at the Australian Open.

But Barty didn’t allow their previous history to dictate proceedings at the Miami Open, where she was through to her first ever Premier Mandatory quarterfinal. She weathered two hours of rain delays and subdued a relentless Kvitova to claim victory 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 in a battle that ended well past midnight.