Ashleigh Barty news: Aussie expects fireworks in fourth round against Amanda Anisimova

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Ashleigh Barty celebrates victory

Ashleigh Barty made a strong statement on Friday as she cruised through to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Camila Giorgi.

This means the world No 1 has won seven matches this year and remains unbeaten in 2022.

Barty will face Anisimova in the fourth round on Sunday following Friday’s result involving Naomi Osaka.

Defending champion Osaka wased out of the tournament by unseeded American Amanda Anisimova.

When asked at the court by Jim Courier about her possible next opponent in the fourth round, the Aussie admits the fourth round will be tough.

“[They are] both incredible ball strikers,” Ashleigh Barty told Jim Courier.

“Naomi in particular has a phenomenal serve, one of the best in the game and the way that she is able to control the court with her serve and first shot is remarkable.

“Amanda has the ability as well to take time away on return, control the centre of the court as well. So, either match-up, a little bit different, tactically [I’ll] change a few things.

 

“But, all in all, running shoes on, try to bring in some variety. The slice backhand will come out I promise.

“We’ll try to junk them around and get them off balance as much as possible.”

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