Ashleigh Barty overcomes ‘very big challenge’ against familiar foe while Elina Svitolina crashes out
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty made it four wins in four matches against Shelby Rogers in 2021 as she brushed aside the American at the Madrid Open, but fourth seed Elina Svitolina made an early exit.
Former French Open champion Barty made light of Rogers as she dropped just three games, breaking twice in both sets to win 6-2, 6-1 in an hour.
🇦🇺 @ashbarty keeps rolling!
— wta (@WTA) April 29, 2021
“I’ve played Shelby many times this year… and it’s always a very big challenge,” Barty said after her victory. “I needed to make sure that I was at my very best to be able to compete today.”
She added: “Each one is different. Each one presents different challenges, different conditions. The rate that we’re going, we’ll play every month this year, just make it a tradition. We play each other once a month.”
The top seed, fresh from winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix over the weekend, will face Tamara Zidansek in the second round after the qualifier beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2, 6-4.
Barty, though, remains on a third-round collision course with reigning Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek as the Pole booked her place in the second round with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win over Alison Riske.
Defending Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens also progressed as the seventh-seeded Dutchwoman beat wildcard Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva 6-4, 6-0 while three-time champion Petra Kvitova was advanced after Marie Bouzkova retired while 6-2, 2-3 down.
In section two, fourth seed Svitolina was the biggest casualty as she was beaten by Jill Teichmann with the Swiss player winning 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Teichmann, who will face Spanish qualifier Paula Badosa next, saved six match points in the deciding set before winning in two hours and 36 minutes.
Jil the THRILL 😲
— wta (@WTA) April 29, 2021
British No 1 Johanna Konta is also safely into the second round as she beat Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-2.
Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’
Stefanos Tsitsipas has not given up on the world No 1 ranking.
Why the biggest winners of 2022 are not Alcaraz, Swiatek, Nadal or Djokovic
Doubles pair Henry Patten and Julian Cash have claimed ten titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Rafael Nadal may have dropped a big hint that his retirement is imminent
Nadal has stated that he does not expect to play any more professional tennis events in Mexico, as he looks to trim down his schedule.
Stefanos Tsitsipas regrets trying to fire up Andrey Rublev
Stefanos Tsitsipas has conceded that his comments were out of line.
Jimmy Connors slams the ITIA over Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan suspensions
Jimmy Connors says that gambling helps to get fans more engaged.
Venus Williams suggests she will play more in 2023
Venus Williams won’t be quitting just yet.
Camila Giorgi catches the eye on Instagram with stunning holiday image
Giorgi has posted a new image to her fans, as she confirmed she remains glamorous during the off-season in a festive red dress.