'Absolutely clinical': Ash Barty's brutal display in Aus Open opener

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
World No.1 Ash Barty (pictured) smiles and thanks the crowed after she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.
World No.1 Ash Barty (pictured) advanced to the second round of the Australian Open in just 44 minutes after a brutal display. (Getty Images)

World No.1 Ash Barty put in a near flawless display against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic after a double-bagel to open her Australian Open account in 2021.

Barty, fresh off winning the Yarra Valley Classic, dished out a 6-0, 6-0 demolition to the World No.82 on Rod Laver Arena.

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Barty crushed her opponent in just 44 minutes winning 16 consecutive points in the first set.

She eventually lost four points to take the first set 6-0, which had the commentators talking about a perfect ‘Golden Set’.

Barty then stormed away in the second only dropping six points to wrap up the match in imperious fashion.

Fans were in disbelief after the World No.1’s performance.

Barty’s double bagel was her first at Grand Slam level, but her third on the WTA since her return to tennis.

The demolition was also the quickest women’s match for Round 1.

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Serena Williams needed less than an hour to follow the oldest player in the women's draw - her sister Venus - into the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 dispatch of German Laura Siegemund.

The seven-times champion already looks the biggest threat in the bottom half of the draw to title favourite and third seed Naomi Osaka.

Osaka dropped only one game more than Serena in swatting aside three-time quarter-finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2 in her opener.

Multiple grand slam champions and former Australian Open finalists Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova cruised past unheralded opponents, with the Romanian second-seed taking less than an hour to complete her 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia's Lizette Carbrera.

Ninth-seed Kvitova beat Belgium's Greet Minnen 6-3, 6-4.

with AAP

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