“I'm tested every single match in different ways, I know Amanda has played some really good tennis over the last couple of weeks, is obviously feeling really confident on these courts,” said Barty. “Felt like I hit the ball well and was able to control it and put it in areas I wanted to today.
The top seed’s reward is a clash with 21st seed Jessica Pegula, who scored an impressive 7-6(0), 6-3 triumph over world No.8 Maria Sakkari.
“I remember we played in the bullring (court) in Paris,” recalled Barty, who ignited her 2019 Roland-Garros title tilt 6-3, 6-3 over the American in the first round.
“Jess is able to control the baseline. She's able to take time away from you, take balls particularly off her backhand. She loves these courts, she made a quarter here last year. The last couple years her progression and her confidence with the way that she plays has gone and absolutely skyrocketed.
“One of her best attributes is the fact that she can compete point in, point out, and irrelevant of the score she's able to turn up time and time again. We just have to compete, go out there and have fun and see how we go.”