Ranked Ash Barty advances to 3rd round

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Following a doubles victory over compatriot Jessica Moore, Ashleigh Barty in the post-match interview turned the limelight on Moore.

"Absolutely incredible", Barty said of her first match of the year on Melbourne Park's premier stage. "I was rushing it a little bit trying to finish off too early".

It is hard to make any sort of case for this being anything but a straight sets victory for Barty, playing against a woman playing in the second round in Melbourne for only the second time, and who is far happier on a clay court. "Polona can hit you off the court but I was glad to take my opportunities".

This will be the first time that Ashleigh Barty and Polona Hercog will be playing each other at a WTA event.

With fans using the two-minute break between sets to explore the possibility of the world No. 1 actually falling on opening day of her home Slam, Barty was busy in the chair composing her thoughts and resetting her mind.

She further added that Barty is an unreal player and it is unbelievable to have someone like her to look up to.

Barty said that she was down in the games early on before knowing that she shouldn't panic and be philosophical about the state of the game.

But as Barty's tactical nous began to shine through, Tsurenko proved equally adept at dictating play and after holding her serve she broke Barty for a second time, with a brilliantly set-up forehand volley at the net among the game's highlights.

"I think you have to fight no matter what the score is, no matter (if) you're down the first set or down in kind of nearly out of it".

"But I was able to tighten the screws in the second set and run away with it".

The world No.1 then gained a decisive third service break the very next game before closing out the contest, again from 15-40, in 66 minutes with four straight clutch first serves.

"It's all good", she beamed to the relieved Rod Laver Arena crowd after the match. "I couldn't wait to walk out here". Anett Kontaveit beat wild-card entry Astra Sharma 6-0, 6-2 in a first-round match.

"I know my schedule for the first six months or so where I think it's going to be pretty all right with what I want to try and do". After having her service broken in the second set Osaka threw her racket to the ground, tossed a ball from her hand and kicked the racket along the court.

Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams knows a thing or two about champions, and she expects new nemesis Gauff to go all the way to the top.

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