Ash Barty has held her nerve to see off Marie Bouzkova and advance to the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.

Ash Barty has held her nerve to see off Marie Bouzkova and advance to the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.

The Aussie world No.1 prevailed 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 over the world No.52 from the Czech Republic in just over two hours.

“I pressed a little bit and lost my execution but found it again,” Barty said, referring to a second set in which she made 13 unforced errors and appeared frustrated at times.

“It’s quite different serving end to end, there’s a drift from this near-end and it is an adjustment. She [Bouzkova] made a lot of returns and makes you work really hard on every single service game.

“Trying to get a few cheapies when I can and trying not to give cheapies away myself was probably the key. Happy to get it on my terms at the end there.”

Barty will now play American Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinals.

“This is why she’s the best in the world,” Nine commentator Jelena Dokic said as Barty closed in on match point.

“Not playing her best but she’s found something special and lifted her level.

“Bringing her best when she needs it the most.

“182k serve, right down the ‘T’.

“Perhaps lost concentration because she won the first set so easily.

“But two wins from two matches after not playing for a year is a great effort.”

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