World No. 1 Ash Barty advances to the second round of the US Open, but not without controversy.
In her first match, Ash Barty followed up her previous Cincinnati victory by defeating 2010 US Open finalist Vera Zvonareva.
With a win over former top 10 player Vera Zvonareva, Ash Barty began her quest for a second consecutive Grand Slam title. The world No. 1 beat the 2010 runner-up 6-1 7-6(7), but battled to finish the match following a peculiar incident in which the players were forced to stop for an electronic failure.
In her first US Open match since 2019, Barty faces former world No. 9 Zvonareva in the first round.
Due to uncertainties during the epidemic, the top seed missed last year’s championship and much of the tour in 2020, but has dominated since returning this year.
She won her 13th career singles championship at the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, as well as her second Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon.
The Australian raced to a 6-1 lead against the two-time Grand Slam finalist, but her momentum was halted in the second set when play was halted due to a technical error, which irritated Barty.
When the electronic line calling system failed during a set and a break up, Barty was forced to quit her service game.
Both players were sent back to their benches as the world No. 1 requested the chair umpire if they could continue playing with human line judges, only to be told no.
The two were forced to wait indefinitely for the system to come back online, but were thankfully back on court within minutes, despite Barty’s failure to serve out the match.
When serving for the match at 6-1 5-4, the two-time Grand Slam champion dropped service and awarded her opponent a break.
Zvonareva was able to take advantage of the situation and force a second set tie-break against the top seed, but she was unable to convert a set point as Barty blasted a forehand winner to keep her chances of a straight-set triumph alive.
Despite her lapse in the second set, the Australian managed to close out the match with a 9-7 triumph in the breaker, and was visibly overjoyed to be back winning on the hard courts of New York.
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