Barty survives scare at Adelaide International

Ash Barty smiles as she answers a journalist's phone during a press conference ahead of the Adelaide International. More

Ash Barty smiles as she answers a journalist's phone during a press conference ahead of the Adelaide International. More

It will be Mirza's first Grand Slam tournament since the birth of her son, Izhaan, in October 2018.

The toll taken by the inaugural ATP Cup was not just physical, he said.

"It was a really entertaining match for us and I could feel that the people enjoyed it a lot", she said. "I've just got to do whatever I can to make sure my body recovers".

"I have seen the physios, I have seen the doctors, and I will be continuing to do that for the whole of the week and hopefully I will be ready to play in Melbourne", he added.

After losing her first appearance at Brisbane International last week, Barty appeared to be fighting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final round of her second-round game at Adelaide International on Tuesday.

It wasn't the ideal start to the year for Barty, who lost in her first match of the year against World No. 53 Jennifer Brady, but won her way through to the final of the doubles with Kiki Bertens before they lost to top seeds and Wimbledon champions Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 10-8.

Top seed Elise Mertens of Belgium won her opening-round match against qualifier Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1 in Hobart, Australia.

"The turning point for me for the year was probably the semi-final at the French, when she probably doubted herself", he said.

"I was feeling it (the injury) before the match but it came to a point where he changed his tactics and I over pressed a bit more than I had to, that's when a couple of my errors occurred".

Hubert Hurkacz and Ugo Humbert saw off Lorenzo Sonego and Casper Ruud respectively in Monday's other matches. Barty broke Pavlyuchenkova in the 11th game served out the match.

The victory was among the biggest in the career of the 30-year-old Rodionova, who endured two three-set wins in qualifying to reach the main draw.

World No. 201 Rodionova triumphed 6-2 6-2 over Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion now ranked 25 in the world.

"I can't wait to start".

In the men's draw Britain's Dan Evans, also fresh from the ATP Cup, beat Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-4 while Jeremy Chardy overcame fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5.

Rodionova served out the match with a minimum of fuss to book a meeting with eighth-seed Marketa Vondrousova in round two.

Elsewhere, Maria Sakkari of Greece made quick work of Vitalia Diatchenko of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2. American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4.

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