Australian Open 2020 day 5 live scores, updates: Ash Barty stitch-up
Ash Barty is through to the fourth round after defeating Elena Rybakina in straight sets 6-3 6-2.
The Aussie made a rough start to the match, serving first but failing to register a point as Rybakina broke her to love.
Barty broke straight back to level things up at 1-1 but the rollercoaster continued when two more breaks made it 2-2, with neither player able to hold serve in the opening four games.
Barty finally became the first woman to win a game on her own racquet when she held for a 3-2 advantage.
After her ugly opening the hometown hero was starting to find her groove and raced to 5-2 before closing out the first set 6-3.
Barty consolidated her early break in the second set, holding serve in what was the longest game of the match to go 2-0 up.
She maintained the rage and charged effortlessly to 5-1 before wrapping up the match in one hour and 18 minutes.
“It’s the best I’ve played this summer so far,” Barty said. “It’s just nice to get another opportunity to come out and enjoy it.”
Barty is a gun all-round athlete, having played professional cricket, and has been seen warming up by kicking a footy before her matches.
Asked if there was someone she enjoys having a kick with the most, Barty threw her strength and conditioning coach Mark Taylor under the bus.
“This is an absolute stitch-up for Tubs right now. My S&C trainer cannot catch a ball to save himself so we just keep drilling him every single day,” Barty said.
“It’s the highlight of my day, every day.