Australian Open

Barty enjoying taste of Open success

2019-01-16 06:14
Ashleigh Barty (Gallo Images)

Melbourne - Local hope Ash Barty maintained her red-hot form to reach the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, revealing she enjoys the same qualities in her tennis as she does in her coffee.

"Short and strong, that's all I need," the 15th seed said when questioned about her beverage preferences after a dominant 6-2, 6-3 win over China's Wang Yafan.

The Australian is currently among the standout players on the women's tour, winning six of seven matches this year to back up a title victory in Zhuhai late last year.

The diminutive 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews from Australian pundits, with one TV commentator describing her as "Federer-esque".

But Barty said she was not buying into the hype and felt relaxed playing in front of her fanatical home support.

"I feel great. We have had an amazing start to the year," she said. "It's nice to be playing in Australia and playing well.

"I'm really enjoying myself out on court and that is all I can ask of every match.

"If I win it's a bonus. If I lose the sun still comes up the next day and it's all good."

Barty will play either fellow Australian Astra Sharma or Maria Sakkari of Greece next.

Results from Day 3 of the Australian Open on Wednesday:


Round 2

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x14) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x19) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-1, 6-3, 6-3

Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x18) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4


Round 2

Sloane Stephens (USA x5) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-3, 6-1

Petra Martic (CRO x31) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-4, 7-5

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x20) 6-3, 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA x19) bt Zoe Hives (AUS) 6-3, 6-3

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x15) bt Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-2, 6-3

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x9) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR x24) 6-0, 6-2

Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Astra Sharma (AUS) 6-1, 6-4

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