She has found a way
In the seven months since she won her first grand slam title at Roland-Garros, Barty has won the season-ending WTA Finals and become world No 1, the first woman from Australia to top the rankings since Evonne Goolagong in 1976.
She has taken all this in her stride and when she has been pushed, as she was by two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, she has found a way.
Kvitova was probably the better player in the first set as she unloaded with a series of massive groundstrokes and had one set point at 6-5 in the tiebreak. But once Barty had saved it and taken the tiebreak 8-6, there only ever looked like being one winner.
"I'm growing as a person every single day"
Asked if she is playing better than when she won in Paris, Barty said: “They're completely different, completely different. They're different tournaments. I feel like I'm a different person. I'm growing as a person every single day, I'm growing as a tennis player. This is a new experience for me. I'm just going to try and take it in my stride, learn as much as I can and go from there. I'd prefer to just be sitting at home just living my quiet little life. I mean, no offence, but not having to chat to you guys every day would be pretty good. I feel like I have nothing to say. I'm talking in circles a little bit. It's incredible. It's a part of the journey that I hate it and I love it. It's all the same. It's all in good fun.”
Next up for Barty will be Sofia Kenin, the American who beat Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-4, 6-4 to reach her first grand slam semi-final.
“She's an exceptional competitor as well,” Barty said. “Loves to put herself out there, test herself on the biggest stage. Have played her a number of times now, with some results going both ways. She has a great knack of controlling the court from the centre of the court and being that first-strike player. It's going to be important for me to try and nullify that if I can.”