Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
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Australia`s Alex de Minaur withdraws from Adelaide International with injury

Australia`s Alex de Minaur withdraws from Adelaide International with injury

Bencic, who lost her last two matches against the qualifier, overcame hot conditions at Memorial Drive as she makes final preparations for next week's Australian Open.

"It was a little bit tough that it was the first match of the year, and even if you practice weeks in a row, it's not like when you play a match".

Barty will play world number 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who made it to the second round after beating Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-4.

"We know how disappointed Novak is about not being able to play in Adelaide this year and we hope to welcome him to the tournament next year", Adelaide International Tournament Director Alistair MacDonald said in a statement.

"Credit to Anastasia; she hung around and got more aggressive in those latter games".

The 201st-ranked Rodionova, who endured two three-set wins in qualifying to reach the main draw, was in control from the first game when Stephens lost her serve.

"It was very hard, but I like the heat and I'm happy to be here for the first time", said Bencic, who soared up the rankings a year ago and won two titles, in Moscow and Dubai, on her way to a career-best 49 main-draw match wins.

The world number one will be looking to bounce back from a shock second round exit at the hands of American Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International last week.

Qualifying for the $2 million event began yesterday, while the tournament proper begins 5pm today (Sunday) and will be preceded by a Rally for Resilience, featuring Halep and former Australian Open victor Angelique Kerber, with proceeds to go towards supporting the bushfire relief appeal.

"I was pretty relaxed today", Rodionova said. It's always great to get such fantastic wins against the top players. I won't be more or less hungry to be the best that I can be.

Elsewhere, Maria Sakkari of Greece made quick work of Vitalia Diatchenko of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won their first trophy of the season at the 2020 Brisbane International Tennis Tournament Sunday.

Meanwhile Dan Evans's first regular tournament of the year began with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in Adelaide, and he was due to face Alexander Bublik on Tuesday morning. American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4.

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