MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian world No. 1 Ash Barty shouldn’t have too many issues in navigating her way through the opening rounds at the Australian Open, but things could get a little dicey for the Queenslander as the tournament enters the second week.
The 23-year-old begins her home Slam against Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, someone who has just two wins to her name in Melbourne since 2014. Barty would then face either world No. 44 Rebecca Peterson or the 48th-ranked Polona Hercog in what should be a comfortable second round match.
Barty will not meet a fellow top 20 player until the fourth round where she could either face American Alison Riske, who got the better of her at Wimbledon last year, or Croatian 13th seed Petra Martic. Needless to say, Barty will be hoping for a date with Martic, someone she has played and beaten twice in her career.