Ash Barty and John Peers have taken down No. 2 seeds Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 to advance to the semifinals of the Olympic Games.
The Aussies started strongly, breaking the Greek duo early in the first set for a 2-1 lead, but were broken back to love in a tight start to the contest. Both teams held serve until late in the set, where the Aussies put together a marvellous game to break the Greeks and steal the first set 6-4.
The Greek pair opened the second set by breaking the Aussies, and carried that break of serve through the set to win it 6-4, forcing a deciding super tiebreaker.
It was a relatively tight start to the tiebreaker, with the first six points going the way of the servers, with the score tied at 3-3 at the first change of ends. As we edged closer to the business end of the contest, it was the Aussie who lifted their level, creating some separation on the scoreboard and taking a 9-4 lead, to eventually runaway with the match 10-6 in the breaker.
With the win, Barty and Peers guarantee themselves a bronze medal playoff match at the least, and are now just a win away from the final, where they would compete for gold.
In the semifinals, the Aussies will come up against Russian’s Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
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