Barty eliminated in Beijing
World No.3 Elina Svitolina ends Ashleigh Barty's China Open campaign in the second round.
Ashleigh Barty is out of the China Open, beaten in the second round by world No.3 Elina Svitolina.
Svitolina recorded a 6-4 6-2 victory in 74 minutes on a cool Beijing evening, contrasting conditions to the humid conditions that Barty thrived in as she made her first WTA Premier 5-level final in Wuhan last week.
The Ukrainian won 76 per cent of points on serve and only faced one break point, not giving Barty a chance to get into the match.
“It was obviously a little disappointing,” Barty said. “I wasn’t as sharp as I was last week, but it was very different conditions. Almost the polar opposite to last week. For me it was tough to go out there and adjust. I did the best I could, it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.”
It was Svitolina’s third victory over Barty this season, having also beaten her in Fed Cup and at Wimbledon.
“I wasn’t too far off tonight, it was just a little bit of polish and execution,” Barty said.
.@ElinaSvitolina takes out Barty 6-4, 6-2!
— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2017
Barty’s loss means Daria Gavrilova is the only Australian woman left in the China Open draw, after Sam Stosur was also eliminated today. Gavrilova plays Czech Barbora Strycova in the third round tomorrow.
Barty’s next tournament is the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she will compete in doubles alongside Casey Dellacqua.