Australian Open – Ashleigh Barty hammers Lesia Tsurenko in 54 minutes – SPORT NEWS PEDIA

Australian Open – Ashleigh Barty hammers Lesia Tsurenko in 54 minutes, sport, Tennis

World number one Ashleigh Barty beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in just 54 minutes to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

Home favorite Barty won 11 games in a row before the Ukrainian was finally put on the Rod Laver Arena board.

Wimbledon champion Barty barely made a mistake, eventually converting her fifth match point in front of a rabid crowd.

She will next face Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti.

Barty paid tribute to his Indigenous Australian heritage and the support of the crowd during his on-court interview.

“It’s beautiful – it felt like an eternity since I was back on this pitch,” she said.

“I am a proud Indigenous woman and love celebrating my heritage. It is what connects me to all of you here and what connects me to the land.”

Barty beat qualifier Tsurenko at the first opportunity, then fended off two break points in her next match to cement her lead.

She was dominant throughout, closing the first set in 24 minutes before taking a 5-0 lead in the second.

Tsurenko, who scared Barty in the first round in 2020, saved two match points on his own serve to force Barty to close out the game.

The Aussie showed her only sign of nervousness when she missed two more match points before landing an ace to wrap up an emphatic victory.

Barty’s dominance was underlined by the stats: she had 14 game-winning points to Tsurenko’s four and won 73% of first-serve points to stay firmly in the lead.

“I did a good job adjusting but overall I felt like I enjoyed it and that’s the most important thing,” Barty added.

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