Naomi Osaka moved into round three of the US Open with a straight-sets win over in-form Magda Linette, but she did not have it all her own way.

Reigning champion Osaka was taken the distance by Anna Blinkova in her opener on Tuesday but avoided a repeat after reeling off five straight games to come from behind in the second set and triumph 6-2 6-4.

The world number one will face the winner of the encounter between teenage sensation Coco Gauff and Timea Babos in the third round.

Osaka was forced to retire from her Western & Southern Open quarter-final against Sofia Kenin due to a knee injury and admitted after overcoming Blinkova she did not feel at her best.

However, she started strongly at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday, not dropping a single point in her first two service games and then breaking to love.

The two-time major champion rallied from 40-0 down in game seven to earn a double break and promptly wrapped up a commanding first set.

Linette - who was on a nine-match winning streak that included clinching a first WTA Tour title at the Bronx Open - won against serve when Osaka buried a shot in the net early in the second and the Japanese was fortunate her opponent failed to repeat a stunning forehand down the line for a 4-0 advantage.

Osaka heeded the warning and came straight back, regaining her rhythm and surging into a potential blockbuster against Gauff that would delight the fans at Flushing Meadows.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Naomi Osaka [1] bt Magda Linette 6-2 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Osaka – 13/19
Linette – 10/20

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Osaka – 2/3
Linette – 2/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Osaka – 4/6
Linette – 1/4

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Osaka – 46
Linette – 55

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Osaka – 83/59
Linette – 55/50

TOTAL POINTS
Osaka – 60
Linette – 43

Kobe Bryant believes avoiding off-court distractions will be crucial for Coco Gauff after the teenager's stunning start to her career.

Gauff reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, beating her idol Venus Williams on day one of the tournament, before losing to Simona Halep.

She came back from a set down to defeat Anastasia Potapova in the first round at the US Open and was heading into a clash with Timea Babos on Thursday.

The expectations around the 15-year-old will only continue to rise and five-time NBA champion Bryant, who entered the league as an 18-year-old straight out of high school, expects her biggest challenges to come off the court.

"It's amazing at that age, not just the skill set she possesses, but dropping the first set [against Potapova], able to maintain her cool, maintain her composure, not get rattled, she goes out and performs," Bryant said at Flushing Meadows, where he was planning to take in Gauff's second-round clash.

"It's very, very rare to find an athlete at that age to be so trusting of your skill and be patient. She's a phenomenon for sure.

"It's the things that come along with the success at an early age, more commitments, more responsibilities, more opportunities, especially off the court. But you have to pick and choose and weave the way through that, so none of those things get in the way of her continuing to develop as an athlete.

"The hardest thing is knowing what to say no to, so that it doesn't compromise her progress as a player."

Serena Williams admitted she would rather not be tested in every match at the US Open after a "really rough, rowdy" win over Caty McNally on Wednesday.

The 23-time grand slam champion enjoyed a serene start at Flushing Meadows this year, easing past 2006 champion Maria Sharapova, but found life tougher against teenager McNally.

Errors dogged Williams as she dropped the first set and had to respond strongly to advance to the third round with a 5-7 6-3 6-1 victory.

The 37-year-old acknowledged the need to come through difficult matches such as this one but hoped she would not need to dig quite so deep every time during her bid for glory in New York.

"I think it's great because I want to be able to win matches where I'm not playing my best, play players who are playing great, be able to come through," she told a news conference.

"I need to be tested, I guess. That sounds scripted - actually, I'd rather not be tested in every match.

"But that doesn't happen, so it's important for me to have those really rough, rowdy matches. That helps a lot."

Williams suggested the victory over McNally was the type of win she would later be able to reflect on with greater positivity.

"Obviously I would be lying if I said I enjoy the tough matches more," she said. "But I think looking back years later, I enjoy the tough matches more.

"In the moment, in the weeks after, it's definitely a different feeling."

McNally won the girls' doubles title alongside Coco Gauff at the US Open last year and was delighted with the way she dealt with the step up in quality and experience against Williams.

"I think it just shows that I'm capable of playing with the best," the 17-year-old said. "I got a set off Serena Williams. I had her close in the second set, too, had some chances.

"For me, it just gives me a lot of confidence, shows me that I can compete out on the biggest stages. I'll just keep my head down, I'm ready to go back to work."

Serena Williams moved through at the US Open but sister Venus was sent packing as rain wreaked havoc in New York.

Only five women's singles matches were completed at Flushing Meadows, where poor weather conditions prevented play on uncovered outside courts.

Former world number one and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams took to Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night and survived a scare.

Venus could not make it two from two for the Williams family, while second seed Ashleigh Barty advanced to the third round.

 

SERENA SEES OFF MCNALLY

Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams rallied to beat countrywoman Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1.

Williams dropped the first set against her 17-year-old opponent, but the eighth seed eventually improved to 19-0 in the US Open second round.

The 37-year-old American superstar hit 32 winners and 10 aces, while winning 81 per cent of her first serves.

 

SVITOLINA VANQUISHES VENUS

Elina Svitolina booked her spot in the US Open third round for the fifth successive year after defeating Venus Williams 6-4 6-4.

Svitolina – the fifth seed – needed almost two hours to see off Williams in a second-round blockbuster.

Seven-time grand slam champion and 39-year-old Williams was asked about her future and plans for the remainder of the year.

"I mean, [it] was a great match. It was well-contested and it was great to have the crowd behind me," she told reporters. "It was just a really magical atmosphere.

"I did a lot of things right today. A lot of great things to build on. I missed Asia the last couple of years, so I'd love to head on over and play some more matches."

 

BARTY WINS AS KEYS HITS RIGHT NOTES

French Open winner Barty beat a brave Lauren Davis 6-2 7-6 (7-2) under the Louis Armstrong Stadium lights.

Madison Keys equalled her career-best winning streak by topping Zhu Lin 6-4 6-1 in the second round.

Runner-up in 2017, Keys made it eight consecutive victories after claiming her fifth WTA title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, third seed and 2016 finalist Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1 6-4.

Serena Williams survived a scare before getting past Caty McNally in the US Open second round on Wednesday.

Williams struggled to find her best form against the 17-year-old American before steadying to claim a 5-7 6-3 6-1 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 23-time grand slam champion, who has never lost in the US Open second round, eventually powered through the final set against McNally, dropping just five points.

Williams will face either Hsieh Su-wei or Karolina Muchova in the third round after surviving the McNally test.

Prepared to vary her game, McNally matched it with Williams throughout the opening set.

So impressive in a thrashing of Maria Sharapova, Williams struggled to find the same form and dropped serve in the 11th game, a huge forehand return helping McNally take a 6-5 lead.

McNally then came from 0-40 down when serving for the opening set, which the teenager clinched with a huge serve.

After an even start to the second set, Williams broke in the sixth game with a forehand return winner, although she was challenged before consolidating for 5-2.

Williams seemed to be settling and levelled the match with a huge ace and a volley winner from 30-30 in the ninth game.

And, Williams quickly struck in the third set, breaking to love in the opening game after another big forehand return.

She won 16 of the first 17 points of the final set, setting up a huge lead to power through.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Serena Williams [8] bt Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Williams – 32/28
McNally – 16/30

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Williams – 10/4
McNally – 8/10

BREAK POINTS WON
Williams – 4/12
McNally – 1/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Williams – 63
McNally – 64

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Williams – 81/61
McNally – 62/44

TOTAL POINTS
Williams – 98
McNally – 73

Ashleigh Barty moved through to the US Open third round after outlasting Lauren Davis in straight sets in New York.

French Open winner Barty – the second seed – was pushed in a hard-fought 6-2 7-6 (7-2) victory at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

Barty rallied from 4-2 down in the second set before prevailing in a tie-break to set up a clash with either 30th seed Maria Sakkari or Peng Shuai in round three.

The Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd was treated to a high-quality affair as Barty and Davis went toe-to-toe under the lights – the baseline rallies tense and fierce.

Davis broke back immediately after falling 2-0 behind early, however the American – with her left leg heavily strapped – was unable to fend off a fourth break point in the fourth game as she eventually found herself 4-1 down.

Barty wrapped up the 47-minute first set on the racquet of Davis, who – while only having one more unforced error than the former – managed just three winners compared to 13.

Davis refused to be overawed in the second set, with the 25-year-old's continued aggression helping her keep pace before breaking and consolidating for a 4-2 advantage.

Barty was kept pressed behind the baseline in the sixth game as she hit the net on three occasions – wasting a pair of break points.

Davis played well in the second set and while she failed to serve it out at 5-4 as Barty won four of six games, she saved three match points to force a tie-break.

However, that was as good as it got for Davis, who was unable to maintain her charge as she was swept aside in the tie-break.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Ashleigh Barty [2] bt Lauren Davis 6-2 7-6 (7-2)

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Barty – 35/39
Davis –  13/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Barty – 8/2
Davis – 1/6

BREAK POINTS WON
Barty – 4/18
Davis – 2/3

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Barty – 54
Davis – 63

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Barty – 76/52
Davis – 54/47

TOTAL POINTS
Barty – 94
Davis – 77

Rain will prevent any further play on uncovered outside courts at the US Open on Wednesday, tournament organisers have confirmed.

Poor weather conditions in New York meant action had to be paused midway through the day.

Serena Williams will still take to the covered Arthur Ashe Stadium to face Caty McNally after Novak Djokovic meets Juan Ignacio Londero.

Number two seed Ashleigh Barty will also be in action against American Lauren Davis at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Roger Federer moved into the third round by beating Damir Dzumhur on Arthur Ashe.

As he did in the first round against Sumit Nagal, Federer dropped the first set but raised his game to come through.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to dig deep in her first-round match, while former winner Sloane Stephens was a surprise casualty in New York.

Returning to the scene of her maiden grand slam title, world number one Osaka outlasted Anna Blinkova in three sets on Tuesday.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff also reached round two, but Stephens headlined the exits.

 

OSAKA OVERCOMES NERVES IN NEW YORK OPENER

Top seed Osaka edged unseeded opponent Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in an unconvincing display at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka was not at her best, tallying 50 unforced errors, but the two-time grand slam champion still managed to book a second-round date with Magda Linette.

"I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life," Osaka said during her on-court interview. "I don't think I ever really found my rhythm, but I just fought as hard as I can."

 

HALEP HANDLES LUCKY LOSER

Romanian star and fourth seed Halep prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-2 against lucky loser Nicole Gibbs.

Halep produced when it mattered most as she avoided becoming only the second player in the Open Era to follow up victory at Wimbledon with a first-round loss in New York.

Next up for Halep is qualifier Taylor Townsend, who rallied past Kateryna Kozlova 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, came from a set down to see off Wang Yafan 1-6 7-5 6-3 in an opening-round scare.

Runner-up in 2009 and 2014, 19th seed Wozniacki meets Danielle Collins in the second round after the 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist defeated Polona Hercog 6-3 4-6 6-4.

 

GAUFF'S STAR CONTINUES TO SHINE

The fairytale story of Wimbledon, Gauff fought past fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Gauff rose to stardom at Wimbledon earlier this year, making the fourth round at the All England Club.

The American sensation emerged triumphant in her main-draw debut at her home major on Tuesday thanks to seven breaks of serve.

"It was crazy," said Gauff, who will play qualifier Timea Babos after 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro retired at the end of the first set. "Obviously I was nervous going out on the court. It's such a big court. Then my home slam, so I wanted to do well. The crowd really helped me the whole match. Like, it was really a great atmosphere to play in and a great experience for me."

 

KALINSKAYA SLAYS SLOANE

There was a major upset in New York, where 2017 champion Stephens was sensationally eliminated 6-3 6-4 by qualifier Anna Kalinskaya.

Stephens hoped to enjoy another deep run at Flushing Meadows after reuniting with long-time coach Kamau Murray but Kalinskaya had other plans for the 11th seed.

Two-time grand slam winner and 24th seed Garbine Muguruza also fell at the first hurdle, knocked out 2-6 6-1 6-3 by Alison Riske.

Svetlana Kuznetsova – the 2004 champion – went down 7-5 6-2 to Kristie Ahn, while two-time finalist and former world number one Victoria Azarenka lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Teenage sensation Coco Gauff battled through the opening round at the US Open on her main-draw debut in New York.

Gauff, 15, overcame fellow teenager Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday.

The American rose to stardom at Wimbledon earlier this year, making the fourth round at the All England Club.

Gauff's main-draw debut at her home major went to plan, but only after a nervy start against the 18-year-old Russian.

The teenagers each committed 16 unforced errors in the opening set before Gauff steadied, eventually moving through in two hours, one minute.

Gauff will face Hungarian Timea Babos in the second round before a potential meeting with world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Top seed Naomi Osaka conceded the nerves of defending her US Open title marred her first-round tie against Anna Blinkova.

Osaka became the first defending US Open women's champion to be taken to a third set in a first-round contest on Tuesday, but eventually triumphed 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

The world number one starred at the 2018 US Open, dropping just one set on her way to the final, where she comfortably beat Serena Williams – whose meltdown overshadowed the achievement.

However, Osaka's return to Flushing Meadows was not a smooth one, with Blinkova testing the 21-year-old's resolve, and the Japanese star acknowledged she was delighted to have got the match over with.

"I felt nervous. For me it's definitely a new feeling. I never had to come into a grand slam [as champion]," Osaka told a news conference. 

"I went to Indian Wells [as champion] once. So I did feel like that gave me a little bit of practice, but the amount of nerves that I felt today was completely different than in California.

"I'm really glad that's over."

"Oh, I didn't," Osaka replied when asked how she overcame her nerves during the match, which lasted just under two-and-a-half hours.

"It was consistent throughout the entire match, which was very strange for me because normally it would be the first couple of games or the first set. But it never really went away."

Osaka added she must now use her experience against Blinkova to improve her performances for the rest of the competition, with Magda Linette awaiting in the second round.

"I feel like at this point everyone that I play is going to play really well, and I just need to learn how to cope with that and expect that going into the matches.

"I feel like I have been doing a better job of that recently. I think I need to factor in the fact that this is a grand slam, too, and that's also going to raise everyone's level, so I shouldn't be taken by surprise as much as I was."

Naomi Osaka made a shaky start to her US Open title defence as she edged out Anna Blinkova with an unconvincing 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka rose to prominence at last year's US Open, dropping just one set throughout the tournament before overcoming Serena Williams in a final overshadowed by the latter's dispute with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

The world number one, who crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon, made 50 unforced errors on her return to Arthur Ashe Stadium, though, and - bar a five-game winning streak in the first set - struggled to exert any control over Bronx Open quarter-finalist Blinkova.

Osaka became the first defending women's champion to be taken to a third set, but the 21-year-old's mistakes did not come back to haunt her thanks to Blinkova's failure to convert three break points in the third set.

That good fortune handed Osaka the impetus she needed, and the two-time grand slam champion booked a second-round clash with Magda Linette when she converted a second match point to finally break Blinkova's resolve. 

Blinkova raced into a three-game lead - Osaka, wearing a knee brace following an injury which forced her out of the Western & Southern Open - failing to find any rhythm and struggling to land her first serves.

But Osaka hit her stride in game six, going on to win 11 points out of 12 to draw level at 4-4.

After a 14-shot rally went the top seed's way, Blinkova bounced back with a sublime winner, only to lose the game with an overhit backhand, and a venomous cross-court forehand handed the defending champion the set.

Osaka's troubles with her first serve continued, though, and she had to claw back break points in successive service games.

The momentum seemed to turn in Osaka's favour when she fought back from three set-points down before breaking serve, only for Blinkova to rally herself and force the tie-break, which the Russian clinched when her opponent clipped into the net.

Blinkova's exasperation became evident as she failed to capitalise on two break points in the third game of the final set, and the world number 84's frustrations were compounded when she lost her next service game.

Having finally forged ahead, Osaka saved another break point to go 4-1 up, and although Blinkova held serve with a fantastic volley, it was not enough to halt her opponent, who settled an exhilarating, two-hour, 28-minute contest in her favour with a thumping down-the-line forehand.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Naomi Osaka [1] bt Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Osaka – 44/50
Blinkova – 15/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Osaka – 8/1
Blinkova – 1/4

BREAK POINTS WON
Osaka – 5/8
Blinkova – 2/11

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Osaka – 57
Blinkova – 64

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Osaka – 68/52
Blinkova – 58/60

TOTAL POINTS
Osaka – 110
Blinkova – 102

Williams sisters Serena and Venus barely raised a sweat on day one of the US Open, while Ashleigh Barty dug deep to advance in New York.

Serena and Venus Williams lost three games between them as the American pair cruised through to the second round at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Former world number one and French Open champion Barty survived a big scare, 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys eased into the next round but Angelique Kerber crashed out.

 

SERENA EXTENDS SHARAPOVA DOMINANCE

It was a ruthless performance from 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, who demolished Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1.

Serena – who was at the centre of an infamous meltdown during last year's US Open final – made it 19 straight victories over five-time major winner Sharapova.

Fellow American Caty McNally is up next for Serena after easing past Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-1.

Two-time champion Venus Williams, meanwhile, routed Zheng Saisai 6-1 6-0 to extend her first-round record at the tournament to 21-0.

"I was happy with today, so I'm not going to ask for more," said Venus, who faces Elina Svitolina after the fifth seed defeated Whitney Osuigwe 6-1 7-5.

As for 10th seed Keys, she kicked off her campaign with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Misaki Doi after 63 minutes.

 

A MUCH-NEEDED AUSTRALIAN WIN

Australian sport was reeling on Sunday when Ben Stokes and the England cricket team produced a stunning fightback in the third Ashes Test.

And it briefly appeared fans Down Under were set for further pain when Aussie star Barty remarkably fell 5-0 behind to Zarina Diyas in the first set played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the tournament.

But Barty – a former cricketer – rallied 1-6 6-3 6-2 to provide a much-needed boost, having herself taken in Australia's Headingley aberration.

"[England's performance] was pretty good. Credit where credit's due," she said. "Stokesy was incredible.

"I think we missed some opportunities and my whole team were glued to it. I have an English trainer, as well. He's had a fantastic 24 hours of feeding it to us and not letting us forget that result."

 

ADDED NERVES AMONG CZECH MATES

Karolina Pliskova came through two tie-breaks in an all-Czech clash packed with breaks to beat Tereza Martincova – and the third seed cheekily blamed her opponent's nationality for her nervy display.

"It was not perfect, but I'm through, so that's important," she said. "The first rounds they are always a little bit nervous, I would say, for most of the players.

"It doesn't help that you play somebody from your country, because then it adds some extra nerves, which maybe would not be there if she's from China or something."

Unable to respond as Pliskova did, Kerber was a big opening-day casualty, losing 7-5 0-6 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta, who reached the last four at Roland Garros and the last eight at Wimbledon, was made to work for three sets by Daria Kasatkina, having appeared set for swift and stylish progress after taking the opener before prevailing 6-1 4-6 6-2.

Anastasija Sevastova consigned Eugenie Bouchard to a miserable 12th straight singles defeat, a run stretching back to February.

Serena Williams offered a terse response when asked about the decision to not have Carlos Ramos as part of her matches, claiming she did not know who the umpire was.

Ramos will not umpire Williams during the US Open after the pair infamously clashed during last year's final, which the American lost to Naomi Osaka.

Williams had a meltdown during the decider and was involved in numerous altercations with Ramos, calling the umpire a "liar" and "thief" after he initially gave her a warning for coaching.

After her 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Maria Sharapova in the first round on Monday, Williams was asked about the United States Tennis Association's decision not to have Ramos umpire her matches.

"Yeah, I don't know who that is," Williams responded.

Williams was in impressive form against Sharapova, needing just 59 minutes to claim her 19th straight victory over the Russian.

It was also Williams' 20th win in 22 meetings with Sharapova and the 23-time grand slam winner said the match-up just seemed to suit her.

"I just feel like her game really matches up well against mine. I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone," she said.

"I don't know. It's just perfect for me."

Williams entered the year's final major having retired during the Rogers Cup final and pulled out of Cincinnati, but the 37-year-old played down any concerns over her back injury.

"Yeah, back feels good. I thought I could finagle and play in Cincy. Last-minute decision that I definitely couldn't," she said.

"I got some more training in, yeah."

Serena Williams produced an impressive performance to crush Maria Sharapova in the US Open first round on Monday.

The American star made it 19 straight wins over Sharapova with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams, back at the US Open after her meltdown during her loss to Naomi Osaka in last year's final, was in incredible form, winning in just 58 minutes in New York.

The 37-year-old – looking to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slams – showcased her usual power, but made few mistakes in what was a dominant display.

After a high-quality and intense start, Williams – showing no signs of the back injury that saw her retire during the Rogers Cup final – landed the first blow, breaking in the fourth game when Sharapova sent a backhand into the net.

Williams looked in superb form and another backhand error from Sharapova saw her race into a 5-1 lead on the way to taking the opening set.

Sharapova had few answers to Williams' power and precision, the latter powering through in style.

Williams, the eighth seed, will face American Caty McNally in the second round.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Serena Williams [8] bt Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Williams – 16/12
Sharapova – 6/20

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Williams – 5/2
Sharapova – 1/3

BREAK POINTS WON
Williams – 4/5
Sharapova – 0/5

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Williams – 57
Sharapova – 75

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Williams – 78/60
Sharapova – 52/0

TOTAL POINTS
Williams – 55
Sharapova – 28

Ashleigh Barty recovered from a terrible first set to defeat Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-3 6-2 to move into the second round at the US Open.

The first match-up at Arthur Ashe Stadium, French Open champion Barty - the second seed - looked shell-shocked as Diyas preyed on her errors early on at Flushing Meadows.

Barty rallied impressively, however, and maintained her hopes of a second grand slam title following an underwhelming fourth-round exit at Wimbledon.

The Australian - a former cricketer no doubt dismayed by Sunday's Ashes Test result - had allowed Diyas to race into a 5-0 lead before she came up with a superb forehand down the line to get on the board.

But despite preventing a humiliating bagel, Barty gifted away the set as she fired long when a looping return from Diyas had sat up comfortably for her.

Diyas then dug in well early in the second, preventing a swift riposte to keep the set on serve and Barty still on the brink of elimination.

However, the favourite slowly started to turn the screw and her first break point opportunity was converted as she forced Diyas into the net, setting up a comfortable hold to tie the match.

And an eight-minute game early in the third proved decisive as Diyas was worn down and Barty finally capitalised on a fourth break point.

A dominant break to love then allowed Barty to serve out the match and advance to face Lauren Davis or Johanna Larsson in round two.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Ashleigh Barty [2] bt Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-3 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Barty - 27/36
Diyas - 8/32

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Barty - 8/3
Diyas - 0/2

BREAK POINTS WON
Barty - 3/6
Diyas - 2/3

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Barty - 43
Diyas - 59 

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Barty - 83/56
Diyas - 59/61

TOTAL POINTS
Barty - 77
Diyas - 67

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