Ashleigh Barty strolled into the fourth round after a straightforward win over Maria Sakkari.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Local favorite Ashleigh Barty has become the first player through to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari at Rod Laver Arena.
Barty received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle ailment at the end of the first set but appeared not to be affected for the rest of the 82-minute match.
Barty will play either Maria Sharapova or defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the next round. They play their third-round match later Friday at Rod Laver Arena, with defending men's champion Roger Federer's match against American Taylor Fritz in between.
Rain forced a continuing delay to the start of matches on outside courts. The roofs on all three main arenas were closed.