Remarkable Barty crushes Kovinic 6-0 6-0

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The Barty Party was in full swing at the Australian Open as world No.1 Ash Barty posted a crushing 6-0 6-0 win over Danka Kovinic.

In a remarkable start to Tuesday night's match at Rod Laver Arena, Barty won the first 16 points to race through the first set against the world No.82 in just 18 minutes.

The second set was just as brutal, with the result setting up a second-round clash with either fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova or Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo.

It was hard not to feel sorry for Kovinic, who spent 20,160 minutes in hotel quarantine only for her Australian Open hopes to be dashed in a mere 44 minutes.

She won just 10 points for the entire match, committing 28 unforced errors along the way.

Barty could do little wrong in a first-set romp.

Kovinic didn't win her first point until the fifth game and she won just four points for the entire first set.

Barty was so dominant that the only true question was whether she would be able to inflict a double-bagel defeat by not allowing Kovinic to win a game.

Kovinic threatened on a couple of occasions to get on the board, but Barty's class shone through each time to deny her.

The first-up display was a remarkable performance from Barty, who had been off the tennis tour for 11 months before returning for a recent Australian Open warm-up event.

"Absolutely, every single day," Barty replied during her on-court interview when asked if she missed the sport.

"The competitor in me missed what this is all about, missed the last hour before we come out on the court when (my coach Craig Tyzzer) and I chat about how we're going to try to dissect the match.

"That's what I miss the most - coming out here and enjoying that thrill of the fight.

"That's what it's all about is coming here and enjoying it. It's impossible not to enjoy a night session on this beautiful court."