Ash Barty has seen off a spirited problem from teenage prodigy Clara Tauson to maneuver into the US Open third spherical at Flushing Meadows.
There have been glimpes of Barty’s first-round struggles in opposition to Vera Zvonareva earlier than the world No.1 closed out a 6-1 7-5 win to ebook a date on Sunday with both Shelby Rogers or Sorana Cirstea.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida that swept by means of the northeast of America and killed no less than 25 individuals in New York delayed some matches on day 4 by an hour.
And, making her Open debut, Tauson got here out intent on slowing Barty’s progress too.
It took Barty 10 break factors in a marathon 13-minute second recreation to interrupt Tauson and stamp her authority.
The Wimbledon champion then raced to a 5-0 lead earlier than the 18-year-old former world junior No.1 discovered her rhythm and vary.
Simply as she did in opposition to Zvonareva, Barty faltered attempting to serve out the match at 5-4 within the second set.
However she averted a tiebreaker by breaking the Dane for a fifth time to clinch victory on her third match level.
“There’s room for enchancment, no doubt, however there’s room for enchancment each single day,” Barty stated after mixing 11 aces with two double faults and two dropped service video games.
“Credit score to her, she was a bit of bit extra aggressive in that second set. I received a bit of bit passive and simply let my power drop and allowed her again in.
“We’ll return and have a chat concerning the matches and, as soon as we get again on the observe courtroom, try to repair just a few issues up, belief myself and attempting to proceed to play how I need to play.”
Barty will return in two days making an attempt to achieve the final 16 in New York for a 3rd straight time.
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