Barty to play qualifier in Open opener
Ash Barty will play a qualifier in the first round at Melbourne Park as the home hope bids to end the country's 44-year Australian Open title drought.Barty will play a yet-to-be-known qualifier in the first round when the season's first grand slam finally gets under way on Monday after a tumultuous build-up overshadowed by the Novak Djokovic saga.
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Ashleigh Barty carpet is not decided to leave too much forces on the court . After completing his first round in less than an hour, the world number 1 spent only 54 minutes in the Rod Wash Arena during his duel against the Italian qualified Lucia Bronzetti. With two of his three converted Break balls, the Australian quickly led five games to nothing in the first round. The 142nd world then put a point of honor to win his service but Ashleigh Barty then concluded the first set without forcing. Somehow, the second round saw the scenario reverse. Indeed, Lucia Bronzetti held his service at the very beginning of set ... before granting six games in a row. In his hand, Ashleigh Barty qualifies for the third round (6-1, 6-1 in 54 minutes) and will find Camila Giorgi. Italian, headboard number 30, needed to make some extra effort to overcome the Czech Tereza Martincova into two sleeves (6-2, 7-6 in 1h39 ').
Stosur to play with freedom in final Open
Samantha Stosur will wrap up her decorated singles career at her 20th Australian Open and plans to enjoy every minute of her campaign.Stosur announced in December her record-equalling 20th Melbourne Park campaign would be her final singles tournament.
Badosa and Azarenka have not lost time
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Just before the world issue 1, Paula Badosa does not have much trembled during his duel with Italian Martina Trevisan. With three successes on six Break balls, the number 8 Series head of the Australia's Open won without forcing and without conceding the slightest game the first set. Missing the break from the first game of the second, Paula Badosa waited for his luck and take the service of Martina Trevisan to then lead three games to two. Not worried about his layout, the world's 6th concluded the meeting on a white break (6-0, 6-3 in 1h13 '). A success that allows it to join Marta Kostyuk in the third round of the Australian Open. The latter ended the header path number 32 Sara Sorrizes Tormo (7-6, 6-3 in 1h54 '). Like Paula Badosa, Victoria Azarenka has not emerged on the short of Kia Arena. Series number 23 needed only 74 minutes to remove from his path Jil Teichmann. If the latter tried to react after having lost his service very early, she never knew how to concretize her opportunities and conceded the first set. The Belarusian then hugged to pick up the match (6-1, 6-2 in 1h14 ') and open the doors of a shock with Elina Svitolina in the third round.
Badosa credits Barty for fuelling belief
In-form Spaniard Paula Badosa is into the Australian Open third round for the first time, saying a win over Ash Barty last year fuelled her self belief.The Spaniard swept past Martina Trevisan 6-0 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday to stretch her unbeaten summer run to seven matches.
Bencic Stopped Net
Belinda Bencic, as for her, remains inquiry from the second round of the Australian Open. Swiss, serial head number 22, fell against Amanda Anisimova in two sleeves. After an exchange of game entry breaks, the American raised the tone to win the first set after a series of four games earned consecutively. In pride, Belinda Bencic has brought the first in the second set but the 60th World has moved immediately. at the gates of the decisive game, it is on the Swiss service that Amanda Anisimova concluded at its third game bullet (6-2, 7-5 in 1h27 ') , with Madison Brengle or Naomi Osaka which will be on his way. Jessica Pegula, serial head number 21, assured his compatriot Bernarda Pera (6-4, 6-4 in 1h24 ') and will find Nuria Parrizas-Diaz, who benefited from the Maryna Zanevska package. 26th in the hierarchy, Jelena Ostapenko knew more difficulties but has come to the end of Alison Riske (4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in 1h57 ') , with the headboard number 4 Barbora Krejcikova or Xiyu Wang who will be his next opponent.
Healthy Collins plots grand slam shock .
World No.1 Ash Barty will start as the hot favourite in the Australian Open final, but healthy-again US underdog Danielle Collins is hoping to crash the party.Free-rolling following emergency surgery last April to have a cyst the size of a tennis ball removed, Collins is hoping to become the latest surprise grand slam champion when she takes on Barty at Melbourne Park on Saturday night.