Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Barty stunned by qualifier Brady in straight sets in Brisbane

Barty stunned by qualifier Brady in straight sets in Brisbane

Jennifer Brady of the United States plays a shot during her match against Ashleigh Barty of Australia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Barty, who had never dropped a set against Brady in two matches past year, couldn't reach a single breakpoint, while the American only needed a break in the opening set before sealing the result in the second set tie-break.

"I'm very happy to get the win", Brady said. And I know that Jen and I played a quality match today, regardless of the result.

"It's a little surreal. I'm super excited and shiver a little, but I played really well today".

Despite losing the open season, Barty remains optimistic about her Australian Open preparations and said she feels no additional pressure due to her high ranking.

"It's not going to change the way that I prepare".

"I think you guys (journalists) enjoy the fact that you have something to write and you have something to talk about". I had probably had half a dozen second-serve returns where I failed to make it into the court, in that first set in particular.

Brady had beaten wild-card entry Maria Sharapova in the first round in three sets.

Kvit Kvitova's Australian Open final previous year overcame Russia's Liudmila Samsonova 6-3 6-2 in 61 minutes.

Third seed Naomi Osaka also had a hard outing as she came back from a set down to beat American Sofia Kenin 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, advancing to the tournament's quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Osaka will play sixth seed Kiki Bertens in the quarter-finals after the Dutchwoman beat Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

"There were frustrating times on court when I thought I was doing everything right and she was just playing better", Wozniacki said.

It was a second-round match for both players but Barty had received a first-round bye.

Jennifer landed a backhand return winner in the seventh game to secure the only break of the encounter, holding at 15 with a service winner before Barty reduced the deficit to 5-4 with a forehand down the line winner of her own.

It was Barty's first match on home soil since reaching the summit of her sport and the defeat not only happened in front of thousands of adoring fans, but it was also at the venue where the Queensland native trains.

When Williams thought the fight was over, she was wrong. Her next opponent is Germany's Laura Siegemund, who rallied to take out 15-year-old American Coco Gauff 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Third seed Naomi Osaka was taken to three sets for the second match in a row before eventually overcoming the USA's Sofia Kenin. She got an early break and led 2-1 in the second set.

"That's the biggest thing that the conversation with my dad (Corey) was after the match", Gauff said. He said I don't play the way I did in practice.

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