Ashleigh Barty reacts to avoiding surprise loss to Cori Gauff in season opener

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Ashleigh Barty reacts to avoiding surprise loss to Cori Gauff in season opener

Ashleigh Barty was glad with how she performed in her first match of the season against rising American star Cori Gauff. No. 1 seed Barty made a positive start to her Adelaide campaign as he recovered from a set down to beat Gauff 4-6 7-5 6-1 and progress into the quarterfinal.

It was Barty's first match since the US Open. “Considering it's a first match in a few months for us, we're happy to get some court time and progress as the match went on, find the way I wanted to play," Barty said, per WTA Insider.

"Coco played great, she forced me to lift my level, which is ultimately what we're after in these next few weeks."

Gauff was looking forward to playing Barty

Gauff, 17, wasn't backing down from the challenge of facing Barty as she wanted to clash the world No.

1 early in the season. “You want to play the best player early in the season because everything will maybe not seem easy, but you're starting off strong. This is probably the best matchup I could get," Gauff said before the match.

"I think this would be a perfect kind of test for me." Barty, who plays next either Sofia Kenin or Ajla Tomljanovic, wants to get on the level where she is confident there are no holes in her game. "It's a complete development of everything.

Time and time again I want to try and be a complete player," Barty said. "I want to try and make sure there are no holes in my game. We just continue to do the work. "It's continuing to try to work on my game and better every facet of my game, whether it's how I hit a specific forehand, when I use a shot.

It's all about using that in matches correctly. "A lot of that is match awareness as much as being able to strike a tennis ball."