Ashleigh Barty has returned to imperious form after beating Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open round of 16.
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Barty looked like calm personified as she stepped onto the pitch to drum up home support and she continued that cool approach as she started the game, taking a 3-0 lead against the experienced Italian.
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The Wimbledon champion’s quick start gave her the upper hand over her opponent, who finally found their feet midway through the first set, wasting four break points to get back on track in game seven. This brought Barty back into the game, who immediately broke again in the next match to win the set 6-2.
It was serve at the start of the second set, but Barty took the lead in game six by breaking his opponent at 30, before serving to seal the victory.
“I think everyone has different fears, it’s about accepting the challenge, going out there and trying to enjoy each individual challenge,” Barty told Eurosport.
“Tonight I think I struggled a bit with proper ball control and that’s credit to Camila, she kicked the ball really well and put me on the back foot.
I promise there is [a player who can challenge me], every day I try to get the best out of myself and I know that my opponent tries to do the same and makes me feel uncomfortable.
“I try to make them a bit more uncomfortable and sometimes tennis is a fun game, you can get so close to being completely out of place and then a point can change a game.”
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