In the space of just two days, Ash Barty experienced the electrifying highs of beating five-time champion Maria Sharapova at Rod Laver Arena to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and the feeling of coming back down to earth after being resoundingly beaten on that same court.
Barty’s breakout Australian Open came to an abrupt end at the hands of Petra Kvitova on Tuesday night, with the Australian outplayed in a 68-minute, 6-1 6-4 loss.
There were, naturally, mixed feelings for the host nation’s top player.
“(I’m) disappointed purely from having competed my whole life. I'm driven to win every single match,” Barty admitted.
“Today Petra was outstanding, she really was. I don't think it was a slow start (from me). It was more of a Petra start. She took the match away from me. It was very much out of my control.
“I know that I did everything possible to try and get myself back into that match. But she was too good tonight.”