Ash Barty serves up Italian Open second-round win
Australia's Ash Barty is through to the third round at a WTA 1000 tournament in Rome.
Ash Barty has matched her career-best result at the Italian Open by advancing to the third round.
The world No.1 scored a straight-sets win against Kazahkstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, recovering from a slow start to record victory in 78 minutes.
“Room to improve without a doubt, but overall I’m happy to get through and get another opportunity tomorrow to work on a few things,” Barty said after posting a 6-4 6-1 win.
“I feel like I’m really getting myself into the tournament here in Rome. I think it’s such a beautiful, iconic event and I’m really excited now that I get another opportunity tomorrow.”
In-form Russian Veronika Kudermetova is Barty’s next opponent. The 24-year-old has been quickly climbing the rankings this season, rising to a career-high No.28 this week. This will be their first career meeting.
Former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko proved too strong for Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, scoring a 6-2 7-6(3) victory in their second-round encounter.
John Millman’s tournament is also over, beaten by world No.9 and local hope Matteo Berrettini in straight sets.
It was a tough day too for Aussies in doubles action. Ellen Perez and Chinese partner Zheng Saisai were beaten in the second round, while Alex de Minaur and German Jan-Lennard Struff lost to the reigning Australian Open champions.
Aussie combination Max Purcell and Luke Saville couldn’t capitalise on a 6-3 match tiebreak lead, losing the final seven points of the match in their showdown with Brits Andy Murray and Liam Broady.
Aussies in action – Rome
Women’s singles, second round
 Ash Barty (AUS) d Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6-4 6-1
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d [Q] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-2 7-6(3)
Men’s singles, second round
 Matteo Berrettini (ITA) d John Millman (AUS) 6-4 6-2
Women’s doubles, second round
[WC] Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)/Sara Errani (ITA) d Ellen Perez (AUS)/Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-3 3-6 [10-7]
Men’s doubles, first round
(Alt) Liam Broady (GBR)/Andy Murray (GBR) d Max Purcell (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) 5-7 7-6(5) [10-6]
 Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Filip Polasek (SVK) d Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6(5) 5-7 [10-7]
Women’s singles, third round
 Ash Barty (AUS) v Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
Men’s doubles, second round
John Peers (AUS)/Michael Venus (NZL) v  Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Filip Polasek (SVK)