Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barty looks to kick-start season in Adelaide

Barty looks to kick-start season in Adelaide

"I've had different phases where my doubles has been going better, my singles has been going better, but they definitely help each other hand-in-hand".

Bencic, who had lost her last two qualifying games, overcame the hot conditions on Memorial Drive as she made the final preparations for next week's Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber serves against Wang Qiang during their first round match at the Adelaide International tennis tournament on Monday.

"It was a whirlwind year, but I'm back competing and doing what I love". I hope I can play like today in the next rounds.

The French Open champion was beaten by Jennifer Brady in her opening singles contest of 2020 at the Brisbane International last week and was in danger of falling at the first hurdle again on Tuesday.

But the Australian bounced straight back with a break of her own to move 6-5 in front and then served it out at the third attempt to set up a meeting with either eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova or Arina Rodionova, the Australian qualifier who surprisingly saw off Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-2 in the first round. "I'm happy now that I've given myself an opportunity to play another match on this attractive court in front of everyone here in Adelaide".

"Your game is really hard, it doesn't match mine".

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The world No. 1 headlines the new event starting on Sunday, part of a revised calendar in the run-up to the opening Grand Slam of the year which begins on January 20.

De Minaur was part of the Australian team which lost its semi-final tie at the ATP Cup in Sydney on Saturday.

Meanwhile Dan Evans's first regular tournament of the year began with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in Adelaide, and he was due to face Alexander Bublik on Tuesday morning.

Defending champion Tennys Sandgren started his campaign with a routine 6-4 6-3 triumph over wildcard Michael Venus.

In a tense tie-breaker, which included a 30-shot rally decided by a Bertens victor, it was the Czech Republic's Strycova and Hsieh, of Chinese Taipei, who prevailed 9-7 after Bertens and Barty had earlier held a match point.

Tournament fifth seed Benoit Paire did not fail to entertain as he beat last year's ATP newcomer of the year, Jannik Sinner of Italy.

While pleased with the win, Paire said he had no doubt the 18-year-old Sinner, now ranked number 78, was destined for the top.

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