Ashleigh Barty wary of Camila Giorgi challenge at Australian Open

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Ashleigh Barty wary of Camila Giorgi challenge at Australian Open

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty insists Camila Giorgi is capable of playing well so she will have to be at her best when they meet in the Australian Open third round. Barty, a two-time Grand Slam champion, saw off Lucia Bronzetti 6-1 6-1 to advance to the Australian Open third round.

"Some very different challenges to what I've had the last couple matches. She has the ability to hold baseline, to control the center of the court, be super, super aggressive off her serve and first shot, particularly off her return," Barty said of facing Giorgi, per the WTA website.

"It's going to be a match where I'm going to have to serve well, bring in variety, make sure I can cover the court, neutralize the best that I can. She has the ability to hit you off the court without realizing it's happening.

"I think it's going to be another match with some fresh challenges. But having played her before, she kind of knows my game, I kind of know hers. It's about going out there and trying to do it as good as I can."

Barty has never lost to Giorgi

Barty will be looking to clinch a fourth win over Giorgi when the two meet at Melbourne Park. "I remember the matches that I've played against her. Not in great detail. I kind of know how they went.

A lot of the time the match isn't on my racquet, to be completely honest," Barty added. "I have to be able to neutralize and be aggressive when I can, but also be able to accept the fact that not always am I going to have it on my terms.

That's an important part of our matchup. I just get on with it and try to bring it back to my tennis as regularly as I can."