Ashleigh Barty performed along with her left thigh closely bandaged.© AFP
Ashleigh Barty forged friendship apart Thursday with a straight-sets victory over compatriot Daria Gavrilova, because the world primary overcame a patchy efficiency on the Australian Open. The 24-year-old seemingly misplaced focus getting ready to victory earlier than downing her Fed Cup teammate 6-1, 7-6 (9/7) in a single hour and 32 minutes. Barty’s left thigh was closely strapped however she appeared to maneuver with ease within the second-round win in opposition to 387th-ranked Gavrilova. “This isn’t very subtle,” Barty stated referring to the bandage. “I’m as fit as a fiddle.”
“When you play another Aussie, rankings go out of the window, so it was always going to be a tricky match,” she added.
The 2019 French Open champion misplaced simply 10 factors en path to a 6-0, 6-Zero first-round romp over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, however was damaged instantly by the pumped-up wildcard Gavrilova.
Barty, enjoying beneath an open roof at Rod Laver Arena in muggy situations, rapidly discovered her stride and hit again instantly to peel off six video games on the trot.
But she unexpectedly slumped at 5-2 within the second set, dropping serve twice, and wanted to save lots of two set factors within the tiebreaker earlier than lastly snuffing out Gavrilova.
Gavrilova as soon as held the mantle of Australia’s primary earlier than relinquishing to Barty, who has now received 4 of their 5 matches.
The prime seed is on a mission to finish Australia’s 43-year singles title drought in Melbourne having received the warm-up Yarra Valley Classic in her first match in 11 months, after she opted to stay dwelling in the course of the pandemic.
Barty, who made the semi-finals ultimately yr’s Australian Open, performs 29th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia or Czech Barbora Krejcikova.
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