Ranked Barty overcomes late collapse to win at Adelaide

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

It was their sixth title together and their teamwork was evident as they made just 20 unforced errors in comparison to 36 by Barty and Bertens who had played only five sets together prior to the match.

"It was very hard, but I like the heat and I'm happy to be here for the first time", said Bencic, who soared up the rankings a year ago and won two titles, in Moscow and Dubai, on her way to a career-best 49 main-draw match wins.

"It was a whirlwind year, but I'm back competing and doing what I love".

The Australian, who won the French Open previous year, said she was taking nothing for granted while holding the top WTA ranking.

The 62-minute second set was a see-sawing affair that featured six breaks of serve, including four on the trot.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won their first trophy of the season at the 2020 Brisbane International Tennis Tournament Sunday.

The top seed heading into Adelaide, Barty has a first-round bye with a second round match against either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Anett Konteveit on Monday.

A devastated de Minaur retired due to an abdominal injury and raised doubts about his fitness for the first major of the season.

De Minaur was part of the Australian team which lost its semi-final tie at the ATP Cup in Sydney on Saturday.

Alex de Minaur announcing his withdrawal from the Adelaide International.

Earlier, American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 and Brit Daniel Evans accounted for Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-2.

It put him through to a second round match-up with fellow American and tournament fourth seed John Isner, who arrived in New Zealand after a disappointing week at the ATP Cup in Perth where he lost all three matches to Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini.

In a tense tie-breaker, which included a 30-shot rally decided by a Bertens victor, it was the Czech Republic's Strycova and Hsieh, of Chinese Taipei, who prevailed 9-7 after Bertens and Barty had earlier held a match point.

The unpredictable Frenchman produced two code violations, a point deduction and an impressive shot between the legs along with 11 aces on his way to overcoming Sinner 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

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