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Tennis fans laud Ash Barty over 'statement' display

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Ash Barty closes her eyes and touches her forehead while speaking into a microphone on a tennis court

Barty will meet unseeded American Shelby Rogers for a semifinal berth.

Things got more complicated later Wednesday, when the state government announced that a worker at one of the tournament's three Melbourne quarantine hotels had tested positive for COVID-19.

"I was just excited to come out here, any opponent for me was going to be tricky, I just wanted to find my feet".

Though Osaka insists her tennis hero Serena Williams is the true face of the women's game, fellow former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport is one of a few former champions forecasting the impending age of Osaka.

Heather Watson was also in action in her first match out of quarantine, the 28-year-old comfortably beaten 6-2 6-2 by Russian Veronika Kudermetova in the first round of the Grampians Trophy. "It's so cool after what the world went through the last 12 months". Kenin was a set and trailed 4-1 before making her revival.

"Coming off a night match, I had to get used to going to bed quite late again", she said.

In Wednesday's other matches, Germany opened with a win over Canada, with Jan-Lennard Struff downing Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) and Alexander Zverev holding off Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Play at tournaments in Melbourne - six ATP and WTA events - has been cancelled for today after a coronavirus scare.

Italy and Russian Federation were the first teams to reach semifinals of the ATP Cup, the 12-team men's event. Italy now has two wins from two starts in Group C.

"Really happy for the team", Medvedev said.

However, a different scenario plagued the Grand Slam at the Flushing Meadows back in 2020.

Tennis Australia responded by calling off all play at the tuneup tournaments scheduled for Thursday.

"This Australian Open is very happy for all people living in Melbourne, I think", said Nishimura, who bought tickets especially to see Osaka play and then waited in a small group of fans above the player exit to collect a special memento.

The seventh-seeded Mertens defeated Caroline Garcia 7-6 (1), 6-3. Next up for her will be Irina Begu, who upset fifth-seeded Johanna Konta 4-6, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (4).

She has said she will not hesitate to ask eight-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic for a word of advice about defending major titles but feels her performances past year give her "some air to breathe" when it comes to expectations.

At the All-England Club in 2018 she was dismissed 6-3 6-3 by Angelique Kerber and a year later humbled 6-2 6-2 by Simona Halep. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka had a first-round bye.

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