Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty is looking to end a 43 year home drought. That how long it is since an Australian woman won the Australian Open.
Barty recorded a 6-1 7-6(7) victory against 26-year-old Daria Gavrilova.
Barty fresh from winning the Gippsland title last week and her 6-0, 6-0 opening round victory, cruised through the first set.
The most interesting thing to note was the bandage on the Australians left thigh.
Early in the match it did not appear to trouble Barty but as play moved into a second set Barty appeared to be hampered by the injury.
Gavrilova, the former world no. 20 broke early in the second set to lead 2-0, only to see Barty win five straight games.
Barty now started to make many unforced errors, perhaps due to the injury. Gavrilova took advantage of the errors and won four consecutive games.
Barty finally held serve to take the match into a tiebreaker.
Gavrilova had the opportunity to take the match into a third set but squandered two set points with forehand unforced errors.
Barty took the match in 1 hour and 32 minutes to setup a third round clash against the 29th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia. This will be there first meeting.
“I was doing the right things to get to 5-2 to give myself a chance to serve out the match. Just lost my way a little bit,” Barty said.
“I haven’t played a lot of tennis over the last 12 months. Obviously going to have ebbs and flows, not only in your concentration, but your level of play as well.”
The other Australian to play was Sam Stosur. She was comprehensively beaten 6-0, 6-1 by American Jessica Pegula.