Top-ranked Barty cruises in 1st clay event since 2019

Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty simply gained her first clay-court match in two years, cruising previous Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday in the WTA’s Volvo Car Open.

Barty, recent off a championship run on the Miami Open the previous two weeks, had little hassle shifting from exhausting courts to clay. She gained 10 of the final 11 video games in her first match on the slower floor since successful the 2019 French Open.

“There was an adjustment period, without a doubt,” Barty mentioned. “It was a very quick turnaround from Miami, just had a couple of hours of practice. I was, honestly, just hoping I didn’t trip and fall over trying to slide. But it came back quite naturally. So really happy to be back her, particularly in Charleston, but back on clay.”

Not all of the excessive seeds made the transition as easily because the top-seeded Australian. Second-seeded American Sofia Kenin fell to Lauren Davis of the United States in three units, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Kenin, ranked fourth in the world and a former Australian Open champion, was tied in the ultimate set earlier than a number of errors price her the match. Kenin put two pictures lengthy in the ultimate sport to ship Davis into the following spherical.

Davis mentioned she was struggling along with her serve early on earlier than slowing down and considering via her sport.

“I found she wasn’t too much a fan of high balls,” Davis mentioned. “So I really took advantage of that. Really happy with how I composed myself and handled the situation.”

Fifth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland lost in three units to Spain’s Paula Badosa, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1. And No. 7 Elise Mertens of Belgium fell to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-3.

Among the seeded gamers shifting on was 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, who topped Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Defending champion Madison Keys, who gained in 2019, performed one other American, former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens later Wednesday.

The Volvo Car Open, which is historically the kickoff of the clay-court season, was referred to as off in 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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