Barty advances, no court action needed for Nadal Down Under
Barty lost to Kenin in the Australian Open semifinals at Melbourne Park two years ago.I was able to look after my service games pretty well and it was a lot of fun playing out here again and to get a little bit more court time and to start to play a little bit better, Barty said.On Wednesday, Barty beat Coco Gauff in three sets in her season opener after almost four months since her last competitive outing.Thats what you want.
Top-ranked Ash Barty has advanced to the Adelaide International semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin while Rafael Nadal advanced via a walkover in tune-up tournaments ahead of the year's first Grand Slam event.
Barty used her usual backhand slice and powerful forehand drive but also set down 17 aces and won 31 of 32 points on her first serve to advance Friday. Barty lost to Kenin in the Australian Open semifinals at Melbourne Park two years ago.
"I was able to look after my service games pretty well and it was a lot of fun playing out here again and to get a little bit more court time and to start to play a little bit better," Barty said.
"That's what you want. It's nice to come out here right from the start and know that you have to bring your very best level," the 2021 Wimbledon champion said.
In other men's play Friday, Marin Cilic and top-seeded Gael Monfils won their quarterfinals at the Adelaide International. Cilic beat Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-2 and Monfils defeated sixth-seeded Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-1.
Second-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals of the Summer Set 1 tune-up event in Melbourne with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win over Viktorija Golubic. Zheng Qinwen also advanced after beating Ana Konjuh 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6).
Despite the win, Halep was her usual critical self.
"Nothing was working today," Halep said in her on-court interview. "I fought with myself a lot and found it difficult to control my emotions but she put me in this situation and put pressure on me. But if you want to win, you don't give up." Top-seeded Naomi Osaka was scheduled to play her quarterfinal match on Friday night in the same tournament.
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