During Adelaide International Ash Barty returned to defeat Coco Gauff


On her return to the WTA Tour, world number one Ash Barty was plagued by inadvertent mistakes but showed plenty of fighting back.

During Adelaide International Ash Barty returned to defeat Coco Gauff
Ash Barty

At Adelaide International Stadium on Wednesday evening, the Australian came back from a set down to defeat American Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Barty, the 2020 Adelaide champion, last appeared in September at the US Open before returning home.

She looked knocked down at times during the competition before racking up an impressive comeback to reach the quarter-finals.

Coco Gauff smashed the lead 2-1 in the first set with an accurate shot from the baseline, and while the 17-year-old couldn't build on an early lead, she capitalized on several unforced errors by Barty to finish off a set.

In the first game of the second set, Barty saved four break points ahead of the world number 22. Goof made 4-2 after getting a break. 

On the other hand, Barty made her way to the back to force the decision-maker.

After a shaky start to the final set, she advanced 5-1 and concluded the win with a powerful shot.

World number 100 Kaja Yovan defeated second seed Arina Sabalenka 7-6 (6) 6-1, while Shelby Rogers defeated Maria Sakkari 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4.

Yovan recovered from down 0-2 in the first set, and saved a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreak, before going 3–0 up in the second set to win the match.


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Rogers had plenty of chances to win this match, but after going 2-0 up in the second set, she lost seven straight games. 

Rogers won back-to-back rounds last year in the second round of Wimbledon.

And forced Scary, ranked sixth in the world, to win, but Rogers returned to win and prepared a meeting with seventh seed Elena Rybakina, who beat Czech qualifier Marie Bozkova 6-3 6-4.

When Sabalenka tried to serve, she made 18 double fouls and 49 unintentional fouls. She reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.