Adelaide International: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty wins first-round match in three sets against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

  • Beaten by American Jennifer Brady in her Brisbane International opener last week, the Australian arrived at Memorial Drive looking to build confidence ahead of the season’s opening Grand Slam

  • The 23-year-old dropped the opening set to Pavlyuchenkova before winning the second and storming to a 5-2 lead in the third, only to let the Russian claw back to 5-5

  • The Australian will meet the winner of the match between compatriot and qualifier Arina Rodionova and eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova

Melbourne: World number one Ash Barty was staring at a second consecutive first-round exit from Australian Open warmup events on Tuesday before grinding out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Adelaide International.

 Adelaide International: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty wins first-round match in three sets against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

File image of Ashleigh Barty. AP

Beaten by American Jennifer Brady in her Brisbane International opener last week, the Australian arrived at Memorial Drive looking to build confidence ahead of the season’s opening Grand Slam but was quickly on the back foot.

The 23-year-old dropped the opening set to Pavlyuchenkova before winning the second and storming to a 5-2 lead in the third, only to let the Russian claw back to 5-5.

Barty regained her composure, however, and broke Pavlyuchenkova before closing out the match in steamy conditions.

“I definitely was able to find a bit more of my kind of style tennis and control the match a little bit more in the third,” Barty told reporters.

“Credit to Anastasia ... We’ve always had very close ones. She pretty much controls the whole match. I’m just out there trying to do the best that I can.”

The Australian will meet the winner of the match between compatriot and qualifier Arina Rodionova and eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova, who lost to Barty in the final of last year’s French Open.

Rodionova ranked world number 201, sprung the upset of the day by tipping former US Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament 6-2, 6-2 on centre court.

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Updated Date: Jan 14, 2020 14:57:48 IST