'Solid' Barty overcomes 'hiccup' at US Open

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Women's No. 1 effect Ash Barty knocked disconnected Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 7-6 (7) successful her archetypal U.S. Open lucifer successful 2 years.

The reigning Wimbledon champion, Barty skipped past year's unfastened due to the fact that of the pandemic. Barty's Grand Slam titles astatine Wimbledon and astatine the 2019 French Open came connected writer and clay. She's trying to marque a large breakthrough connected hard courts.

The 25-year-old Barty shook disconnected a lull successful the 2nd acceptable and won successful a sensational tiebreak. She finished with 31 winners, including 11 aces.

Zvonareva was the 2010 U.S. Open runner-up.

Barty won Wimbledon for her 2nd large rubric and present is backmost successful New York aft remaining successful Australia past twelvemonth erstwhile the lawsuit was played with nary fans due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia returns the shot against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during her Women's Singles archetypal circular lucifer connected Day Two of the 2021 US Open astatine the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center connected August 31, 2021 successful the Flushing vicinity of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) (Getty)

"I was disappointed not to beryllium capable to travel and play past twelvemonth but I deliberation playing present this twelvemonth with fans makes it each the better," Barty said.

Ajla Tomljanovic, meanwhile, cruised past American Katie Volynets successful consecutive sets 6-3, 6-1 to acceptable up a day with 30th effect Petra Martić, of Croatia, successful circular two. Martić bushed qualifier Dalma Gálfi successful consecutive sets.

Tomljanovic cruised done 6-3, 6-1 to acceptable up a day with 30th effect Petra Martić, of Croatia, successful circular two. Martić bushed qualifier Dalma Gálfi successful consecutive sets.

No. 4 effect Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up who mislaid to Barty successful the Wimbledon final, bushed American teen Caty McNally 6-3, 6-4. Belinda Bencic, the women's Olympic golden medalist seeded 11th, bushed Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-4, and No. 17 effect Maria Sakkari topped Marta Kostyuk 6-4, 6-3.

Reilly Opelka, the No. 22-seeded man, swept past Soonwoo Kwon and chap American Mackenzie McDonald upset No. 27 effect David Goffin 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. But Sebastian Korda, different promising young American, was eliminated erstwhile helium retired against Nikoloz Basilashvili aboriginal successful the 2nd set.

Khachanov, the No. 25 seed, was knocked disconnected by Lloyd Harris 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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