The top-ranked Barty rallied from a big third-set deficit and overcame a match point to win her opening match against qualifier Kristina Kucova, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka had an uneasy feeling on Wednesday before her Round 2 match against Caroline Garcia after waking up in a panic after a nightmare.
Yarra Valley Classic: Serena Williams beats Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets; Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka advance
Williams, 39, has been in belligerent form at the Yarra Valley Classic and overpowered the Bulgarian with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 74 minutes.
Yarra Valley Classic: Venus Williams eases past Arantxa Rus in return to action, Jelena Ostapenka, Caroline Garcia win
Williams, 40, showed few signs of having spent 14 days in quarantine in her first-round romp at the Yarra Valley Classic, grinding down her Dutch opponent in 65 minutes — an amazing 27 years after making her professional debut.
French Open 2020 Women's Singles preview: Favourable draw, spectacular form make Simona Halep firm favourite
Ahead of Roland Garros' return, Firstpost takes a look at the Women's Singles draw and attempts to determine the potential outcome of all four quarters
Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at the US Open, made her mood clear during a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to Caroline Garcia by throwing a racket, then again afterward with a series of clipped responses at her news conference.
US Open 2020: Novak Djokovic beats Kyle Edmund to enter third round; Caroline Garcia stuns Karolina Pliskova
Pliskova – the 28-year-old world number three from the Czech Republic – suffered a miserable 1-6, 6-7 exit to a confident Garcia who rushed to a 5-0 lead in the first set.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Sania Mirza and doubles partner Caroline Garcia advance to pre-quarter-final with hard-fought win
Sania Mirza and her partner Caroline Garcia registered a hard-fought win over Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik to advance to the women's doubles pre-quarterfinals at the Dubai Open.
Australian Open 2020: Tearful Caroline Wozniacki ready for 'next chapter' after losing in third round of farewell tournament
The 29-year-old Wozniacki said last year that Melbourne Park, where she won her lone Grand Slam title two years ago, would be the site of her final outing as a tennis professional
Australian Open 2020: Former World No 5 Eugenie Bouchard says she will 'put her head down and grind' after bowing out in qualifiers
In 2014, Bouchard reached a career-high No 5 ranking after making the semifinals at the Australian Open and French Open and losing the Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova
Auckland Open 2020: Eugenie Bouchard beats eighth seed Caroline Garcia; Alize Cornet fights back to eliminate Petra Martic
Bouchard, a former top-five player who made the Wimbledon final and semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2014, has slumped to 262 in the rankings and is attempting to resurrect her career
Fed Cup Final 2019: Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia power France to thrilling win over Australia
It was France's third title and first since they beat the United States 16 years ago, piling more misery on seven-time champions Australia who have now lost all nine of the last Fed Cup finals they have appeared in
Fed Cup Final 2019: Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic beats France's Pauline Parmentier to force a doubles decider
Ajla Tomljanovic hauled Australia back into the Fed Cup final on Sunday, beating France's Pauline Parmentier to send the tie in a deciding doubles clash
Fed Cup Final 2019: Kristina Mladenovic stuns Ashleigh Barty as France close in on first title triumph since 2003
Mladenovic held serve to end the Barty run and it became a closer affair before the Australian began forcing errors to break again and take the first set.
Fed Cup Final 2019: Ashleigh Barty makes it 1-1 for Australia with commanding win over France’s Caroline Garcia
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty emphatically hauled Australia back into contention in the Fed Cup Final on Saturday, crushing Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 after France's Kristina Mladenovic whipped her teammate Ajla Tomljanovic
Fed Cup Final 2019: Ajla Tomljanovic to face Kristina Mladenovic first in role reversal between Australia and France
Picking Ajla Tomljanovic was a bold move as Australia bid for a first title in 45 years, with Stosur her country's most successful ever singles player, spanning 16 years of Fed Cup action.
Fed Cup Final 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty gunning to help seven-time champions Australia win first title since 1974
While it is Australia's first final of the Fed Cup since 1993, France made the decider three years ago, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic
Fed Cup Final 2019: Led by Kristina Mladenovic, France out to spoil Ashleigh Barty and Australia party on home court in Perth
Seven-time Fed Cup champions Australia hold a 5-1 record over two-time winners France, although the French triumphed in the most recent tie between the two nations in 2000.
Fed Cup: Kristina Mladenovic to star for France in final as captain Julien Benneteau names unchanged side
France's Kristina Mladenovic, ranked 39 in the world, will be backed by Caroline Garcia (45), Alize Cornet (60), Fiona Ferro (63) and Pauline Parmentier (121) in next month's final in Perth
Mallorca Open 2019: Angelique Kerber overcomes Caroline Garcia scare to secure semi-final place with straight-sets win
Kerber, seeking a first title of the year, again showed no sign of the ankle injury that dogged her clay-court season as she ended Garcia’s seven-match winning run.