Tennis superstar Ash Barty heartily thanked the officials for pushing the Australian Open forward after a successful comeback after eleven months of action

Australia’s world number With a 6: 3: 6: 3 win against the Romanian Ana Bogdan on Tuesday evening I surely reached the last 16 of an open tuning event in Melbourne

After throwing the rust off at an exhibition against world number 2 Simona Halep last Friday evening in Adelaide, Barty was largely unconcerned when he won the 93rd Bogdan defeated in an hour and 12 minutes

Barty, who plays Czech Marie Bouzkova for a spot in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, admitted it was tough to get out of much of 2020 while most of her rivals continued to play during the coronavirus pandemic

“But for me I had to prioritize not just myself but my team and family in the first place, and I think it just goes to show how difficult it can be

“I feel for all of you down here what you’ve been through in the last six, seven months down here in Victoria

“I am very grateful to be here and I am extremely proud to be an Australian and just to be back in this beautiful place”

Barty became the first local woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984 last year

The 24-year-old will be the top seed for the second time in a row when the planned Grand Slam of the season starts next Monday

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