Andy Murray gets support from Ash Barty as tennis star hits out at Australian Open crowd

The top seed spoke after her 6-2 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi during Friday’s night session.

Earning herself a spot in the last-16, she had been set to face a blockbuster fourth-round clash with Naomi Osaka, but the defending champion was ousted by 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova in a decisive match tiebreak.

When asked about her thoughts on facing the young American after everyone expected a battle of the former No 1s and Grand Slam champions, Barty said: “Yeah, that was your expectation. My expectation was whoever it would be. I mean, each match is uncertain. Each match of tennis, there are no certainties. You have no idea what’s going to happen. You just have to navigate your way through as best you can that given moment.

“I have done a good job of that this week. Now it’s exciting to get to play Amanda again. We’ve played before. It will be nice to play each other again in a big match.”

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