Ashleigh Barty ‘pretty happy’ after digging her way out of trouble in Adelaide

Shahida Jacobs
Ashleigh Barty double-handed forehand

Ashleigh Barty is finally up and running in the 2020 season after the world No 1 claimed her first win of the season at the Adelaide International.

The Australian’s campaign got off to poor start last week as she was beaten in her first match in Brisbane and she also didn’t make the best of starts against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The top-seeded Barty lost the opening set against the Russian, but fought back to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours.

“The beauty of tennis is that there is always another opportunity the next week,” she said in the post-match press conference. “That’s what the focus was after Brisbane is that we knew we had an opportunity here… to try and refine my game and try and problem-solve the best that I could.

“Those tough wins, those wins when you’re not necessarily playing your best tennis I think always make you feel pretty good deep down, knowing that you can kind of scrap out of it and get out of it.”

She added: “I felt like I was doing the right things. I just needed to hang in there and wait for an opportunity to come and then try and grab it. Yeah, pretty happy to be able to turn that one around.”

Second seed Simona Halep also advanced to the quarter-final as she beat Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia 6-4, 7-5 while sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka reached the second round with a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 win over Hsieh Su-wei.

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