dre beat tour headphones Ashleigh Barty beats Camila Giorgi to continue Melbourne Park charge
Ashleigh Barty has reached the third round of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year following a gritty three set victory over Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver Arena.
The 18th seeded Barty booked a spot in the last 32 with a 5 7, 6 4, 6 1 triumph over Giorgi in a contest lasting just over two hours.
Barty, the last remaining Australian in the women’s draw, secured a double break in the third and deciding set to open up a 4 0 lead before eventually closing the match out with her 12th ace of the evening.
The Ipswich born Barty, who reached the Sydney International final last weekend, will meet Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the third round.
“This is amazing. Nothing better than playing on this court, the best court in Australia. I’m lucky to be out here for the second time in a row,” Barty said.
With the temperature still in the high 30s on Thursday evening, Barty withstood plenty of heat from the hard hitting Giorgi.
Barty had not lost to the Italian in their previous two encounters but Giorgi had shown some stellar form this summer,
reaching the semi finals in Sydney.
The match went with serve in the first set until Giorgi snatched the break for a 5 3 lead.
Barty broke straight back only to concede again on the back of a loose service game, with Giorgi then steaming ahead to take the first set.
The Australian served for the second set after the pair traded breaks amongst some pulsating rallies only for Giorgi to unleash a huge forehand to save her skin.
But up 5 4 and with three set points, Barty broke her opponent again to win the second and regain level pegging.
The third set was one way traffic with Barty’s serve doing plenty of damage as Giorgi wilted. Victory over Osaka could put Barty into a last 16 clash with world number one Simona Halep.
Halep dominates to defeat BouchardHalep shrugged off concerns about her injured ankle, breezing into the third round with a straight sets win over Eugenie Bouchard.
The Romanian was in clinical touch on Margaret Court Arena, dispatching Bouchard 6 2, 6 2 in one hour and five minutes to set up a meeting with unseeded American Lauren Davis.
Halep broke Bouchard’s serve seven times and was dominant in the groundstroke battle, winning 44 points at the baseline compared to her opponent’s 17.
Halep, who is coached by Australian Darren Cahill, had needed a medical time out after badly twisting her left ankle during her first round win over local wildcard Destanee Aiava.
The 26 year old displayed no ill effects in a dominant performance against former world number five Bouchard but admitted afterwards that her ankle was still causing her pain.
“I played very well and I moved very well. I feel the pain but I didn’t think about it. I just wanted to play the match and win it, and I think I did it great.”.