De Minaur fighting to be fit for Open

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2020

But the 31st-ranked Russian, who now stands 3-3 in their head-to-head, lost her own serve on a forehand wide as Barty took a 6-5 lead and closed out the win a game later after two hours, 10 minutes.

Halep, the second seed, moves through to a quarter-final and will play the victor of the Aryna Sabalenka-Bernarda Pera clash.

"This is my third big win of the week, so I'm not counting anymore", the victor said. I was strong on my legs.

"It's rare in sport that you get an opportunity every single week and so quickly. that's one of the handsome things about tennis", she said.

"I have seen the physios, I have seen the doctors, and I will be continuing to do that for the whole of the week and hopefully I will be ready to play in Melbourne", he added. "It was a bit of a whirlwind year for us but now we're excited to be back playing, back competing, back doing what I love". "I feel pretty good about myself right now". "But it was okay".

At the first edition of the ATP tournament in Adelaide, sixth seed Cristian Garin fell to Lloyd Harris, the South African qualifier winning 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-4.

"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.

Bertens was set to play Greece's world No.23 Maria Sakkari in round one of the Adelaide International and her withdrawal is yet another blow for the new tournament, which also had Brisbane women's semi-finalist Petra Kvitova pull out.

The top seed is slated to run into former world No.1 and three-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, 2018 US Open victor Sloane Stephens, a qualifier or talented Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the quarter-finals.

Rodionova on Tuesday caused a boilover with a trouncing of American Sloane Stephens.

"Wishing you a speedy recovery Alex and we hope to see you in Adelaide next year!#AdelaideTennis", a tweet from the Adelaide International said.

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinalos has downed Thompson 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 at Memorial Drive on Tuesday.

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.

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