Ashleigh Barty started the heavily occupied tournament in Miami in the night from Thursday to Friday (Dutch time) with a victory. The number one in the world played her first match outside Australia in more than a year.
Barty last appeared outside her home country in February last year, when she played in Qatar. Since then, she chose not to leave Australia because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In Miami her adventure seemed to end quickly, but Barty cleared a match point in her match against the Slovakian Kristína Kucová. After a game of about 2.5 hours, there was 6-3, 4-6 and 7-5 on the scoreboard.
24-year-old Barty, who reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open last month, will face former Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko in the next round of the tournament in Miami.
Kiki Bertens and Arantxa Rus also participate in Miami. The Dutch players will play during the second round on Friday-evening and will meet if they both win.
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