Melbourne, Australia, 17 January 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Ash Barty has made an efficient start to her Australian Open 2022 campaign.

The world No.1 powered to a 6-0 6-1 victory against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in opening-round action at Rod Laver Arena this evening.

“It’s certainly nice to be back on home soil now and playing as well as I did tonight was a lot of fun,” Barty said after needing only 54 minutes to book her place in the second round.

“There’s always something special about playing on a Monday night in the Australian Open.”

Tsurenko has been ranked as high as No.23 and was a US Open 2018 quarterfinalist. However, the world No.119 proved no match for Barty tonight.

The 25-year-old from Queensland produced a dominant display, firing five aces and winning 73 per cent of first serve points.

Barty tallied 14 winners in total, including six from her forehand side.

“I felt like it was nice and clean,” Barty assessed of her performance. “End to end, I did a good job in adjusting with the wind and I felt like I was able to control the points with my forehand.”

The top-seeded Australian now meets another qualifier, 23-year-old Italian Lucia Bronzetti, in the second round.

It will be Barty’s first meeting with the world No.142, who is making her Grand Slam main draw debut this week.

Australian Open 2022

Women’s singles, first round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) d [Q] Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-0 6-1
[8] Paula Badosa (ESP) d Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-4 6-0

Men’s singles, first round
John Millman (AUS) 
d Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5
[WC] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 
d [30] Lloyd Harris (RSA) 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6(3)
[Q] Yannick Hanfmann (GER) d [WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-2 6-3 6-2
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d James Duckworth (AUS) 6-4 2-6 3-6 6-2 6-1

Women’s singles, first round
Astra Sharma (AUS) v Clara Tauson (DEN)
[WC] Storm Sanders (AUS) v [2] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
[WC] Maddison Inglis (AUS) v [23] Leylah Fernandez (CAN)
[WC] Priscilla Hon (AUS) v [31] Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
[WC] Daria Saville (AUS) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
[WC] Sam Stosur (AUS) v [WC] Robin Anderson (USA)

> VIEW: Full Australian Open 2022 women’s singles draw

Men’s singles, first round
[32] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Arthur Rinderknech (FRA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Steve Johnson (USA)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [Q] Liam Broady (GBR)
[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
[WC] Chris O’Connell (AUS) v Hugo Gaston (FRA)

> VIEW: Full Australian Open 2022 men’s singles draw

Women’s singles, second round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v [Q] Lucia Bronzetti (ITA)

Men’s singles, second round
John Millman (AUS)
v [3] Alexander Zverev (GER)
[WC] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)
v [Q] Radu Albot (MDA)

> READ: Doubles draws revealed for Australian Open 2022

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