World number 1 Ashleigh Barty scored his first victory in 2020 in Adelaide. The Australian player beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after an electrifying battle. 'Ash' had not started the season well, losing in the first round in Brisbane last week.
“It's something I try and pride myself on is that no matter what the score is, I try and hang around for the whole match every time,” said Barty after the match. “Last year we did it really well, had a really good record of when I'd lost the first set, of coming back and trying to win those matches.
Today was no different. I felt like I was doing the right things. I just needed to hang in there and wait for an opportunity to come and then try and grab it. Yeah, pretty happy to be able to turn that one around”. “The beauty of tennis is that there is always another opportunity the next week,” Barty added.
“That's what the focus was after Brisbane is that we knew we had an opportunity here... to try and refine my game and try and problem-solve the best that I could. Those tough wins, those wins when you're not necessarily playing your best tennis I think always make you feel pretty good deep down, knowing that you can kind of scrap out of it and get out of it.
Anastasia has the ability to take control away from you. She's very aggressive from her first strike and she's one of the cleanest ball strikers out there. I think in this matchup, we have played numerous times, I have to kind of bide my time and try and hang in there as best as I can when she's in control of the match and then when I can kind of wrestle that control back and try and be more assertive”.