MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Ash Barty eased into the third spherical of the Australian Open with the minimal of fuss on Wednesday (Jan 19), overwhelming Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti on Rod Laver Arena, then taking time to benefit from the match’s inaugural First Nations Peoples Day.
A proud indigenous Australian, Barty adopted within the footsteps of trailblazer Evonne Goolagong Cawley by winning the Wimbledon title last year.
Barty spoke glowingly of Goolagong Cawley’s affect on younger indigenous athletes and mentioned she was glad she was in a position to play a match on “a really special day for our culture and our heritage”.
“It was nice for me to be a part of it in a way that I feel most comfortable, I suppose,” the world No. 1 mentioned. “Out on the tennis court docket is how I categorical myself as an athlete, it is how I’m in a position to categorical myself as an individual as properly.
“On a day we’re bringing cultures together, it was really nice for me to go out and enjoy that. Just met a few of the kids that have come down from Alice Springs and all around Australia, which is amazing for them …”
Earlier on court docket, Barty hammered 11 winners to wrap up the primary set in 25 minutes and was equally dominant within the second, sealing the 6-1, 6-1 victory in properly below an hour.
Bronzetti, the world No. 142, did not muster a single break level over the competition as Barty lobbed, sliced and pounded her into submission within the shiny Melbourne sunshine.
Barty is hoping to finish Australia’s 44-year watch for a homegrown girls’s champion and was notably delighted on the turnout for her match so early within the day.
“It was incredible,” the 25-year-old mentioned. “It was an awesome surprise to go out there and hear so many Aussies. It was an incredible atmosphere. It was just a lot of fun out there today.”
The prime seed subsequent faces one other Italian in Camila Giorgi with defending champion Naomi Osaka potentially waiting in the fourth round.
In-form Paula Badosa is firming as a contender for a maiden Grand Slam title after profitable the Sydney Tennis Classic final week and easing by her first two matches at Melbourne Park for the lack of solely seven video games.
On Wednesday, the world No. 6 strode into the third spherical for the primary time with a dominant 6-0, 6-3 win over Martina Trevisan.
Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 champion, additionally superior comfortably, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Swiss Jil Teichmann.
Former US Open runner-up Madison Keys staved off a late comeback try by Jaqueline Cristian to beat the Romanian 6-2, 7-5.