There were a few moments of magic from the world No.1, including a last-ditch forehand lob from behind the baseline, clipped over her opponent for the decisive break at 3-3 in the second set. A rifling backhand down the line enabled Barty to evade four break points in the next game. It was scrappy for the 25-year-old’s exemplary standards, but she found the answers.
“Yeah, tough one. That's half the battle in sport, is being able to find a way when it's not feeling all that great. I felt like when my back was against the wall today, I was able to bring the good stuff. It just wasn't quite there all the time,” continued Barty, landing only 53 per cent first serves and winning just 40 per cent of points after he second delivery.
“Not my best serving day. But that happens as well. I felt like I was just out of rhythm a little bit. A few technical things weren't quite feeling spot on.
“But you have those days where you feel like you're eight-foot-tall and can't miss the box. Other days you feel like you're three-foot-nothing, just getting over the net is a bit of a battle. We just go back to work. Certainly nothing that will concern me over a longer period.”