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Ash Barty on Her Challenges I Felt Like I Was Kind Of The Odd One Out A Little Bit

Ash Barty on Her Challenges I Felt Like I Was Kind Of The Odd One Out A Little Bit

At the first edition of the ATP tournament in Adelaide, sixth seed Cristian Garin fell to Lloyd Harris, the South African qualifier winning 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-4. Training can not compare with actually playing.

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

"I was pretty relaxed today", Rodionova said.

The Swiss 22-year-old, a wildcard entry who lost her opening match of the year last week in Shenzhen, beat good friend Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-4.

"With everything going on around the country right now, all in all it makes me bloody proud to be an Aussie", she said.

"All you can do is do the best every single match and that's how I'm going to approach Adelaide, that's how I'm going to approach the Australian Open and that's how I'm going to try and approach the rest of my career regardless of the number next to my name".

"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".

Barty regained her composure, however, and broke Pavlyuchenkova before closing out a the match in steamy conditions. "I pride myself on my fighting qualities".

"I loved the atmosphere and was ready to take it to him", de Minaur added.

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She again produced a patchy display in just her second match of the year, as she served 11 aces as well as six double faults.

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

Rodionova worked her way through qualifying rounds, defeating a pair of top 100 opponents to earn her spot in the draw.

"Hopefully I manage to continue".

Romanian Simona Halep also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-5.

"Ash did some incredible things and I did feel like the interest, maybe I'm biased, but it did feel like it was higher with the females in Australia".

A French Open final rematch with Vondrousova would be a boon for fans in Adelaide, who are enjoying the return of tour-level tennis to their city for the first time since 2008.

Evans, fresh from a convincing victory against Juan Londero in the first round, only needed 75 minutes to secure a 7-5 6-2 win over Bublik and book his spot in the last eight.

Australian Jordan Thompson was put out 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in the first round by Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

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