Australian Open 2020: Barty excited but ignoring the hype

As excitement builds in Melbourne, Ash Barty is trying to ignore expectations after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open.

Australian Ashleigh Barty secured a routine win over Petra Kvitova in the quarters.   -  Getty Images

Ash Barty is excited about her run at the Australian Open, but the world number one is trying to ignore the expectations of a nation.

Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the semifinals of the tournament since 1984 by overcoming Petra Kvitova 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 on Tuesday.

However, while the 23-year-old French Open champion is happy with her run, Barty is ignoring the hype in Melbourne.

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"I'm excited. My team's excited. We love the opportunity of getting another match out on that beautiful court," Barty told a news conference.

She added: "I don't pay attention to it [the nation being on her side] honestly. I'm here to try and do the best that I can.

"Obviously it's exciting. Hopefully I can bring a smile to a few faces around our country and around the world.

"For me, it's trying to do the best that I can, find that enjoyment for myself and my team."

Barty will face Sofia Kenin in the semifinals after the American 14th seed beat Ons Jabeur.

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