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WTA roundup: Ashleigh Barty wins in return to action

Sep 1, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia hits a backhand against Qiang Wang of China (not pictured) in the fourth round on day seven of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty made a triumphant return to the WTA on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ana Bogdan of Romania in the second round of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne, Australia.

The Australian needed just 1 hour, 17 minutes to dismiss Bogdan in Barty’s first event since a semifinal loss to Petra Kvitova at Doha in February 2020.

Speaking of Kvitova, the fourth-seeded Czech used a 41-22 edge in winners en route to a 7-6(6), 7-5 victory over Venus Williams.

Also on Tuesday, second-seeded Sofia Kenin advanced after her opponent, Camila Giorgi of Italy, retired following the first set. Sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain breezed to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium and 16th-seeded Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic posted a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2 win over Aliona Bolsova of Spain.

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Kaia Kanepi of Estonia recorded a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 win over fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalekna of Belarus in Melbourne.

The upsets didn’t end there, as Katie Boulter of Great Britain posted a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Coco Gauff.

Second-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan, fifth-seeded Johanna Konta of England and 16th-seeded Laura Siegemund of Germany breezed to straight-set victories. Sixth-seeded Iga Swiatek of Poland needed to overcome a first-set loss to post a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kaja Juvan of Slovenia.

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–Field Level Media