If anyone could normalize this most abnormal advance of the Australian Open, it’s Ash Barty’s literally normal service resumed when she went to court on Friday against the able American Shelby Rogers, Barty’s 10 aces made the difference in a test game

Barty won in what was essentially a glorified hit with seven simultaneous tournaments at Melbourne Park and one lost day, there is a high likelihood that there were more tennis players on site than spectators. One was Serena Williams, and she is the next on Barty’s itinerary on Saturday

“She’s obviously the crowd’s favorite,” said Williams, speaking in front of a stadium that had been almost empty for both games. Whenever I don’t play her, I’m looking for herâ ????

Two moments were a reminder of what Barty the Australians like and what has been missing in the twelve months since their last game. Both could go under the “touch of class” Heading

The first was on a crucial pass in the super tiebreaker that broke that match after Barty and Rogers won a set each. Barty swung himself under the ball in a great backhand arch like the conductor of an orchestra blooming his baton Like the conductor, it was of course one-handed

It wasn’t actually a drop shot, more like a backhand slice But before her agile opponent could reach it, it ricocheted twice In every way, it put the match out of Roger’s reach, even the TV lens was fogged up back then, though this could have been a buffering problem

The other was when she returned to the locker room after the game in the entrance of the tunnel that led away from the courtyard, Barty dropped her bags and fished out a face mask

All players are asked to wear masks when not on the court, but not all remember at the end of the games.Most of the tournament aids in the corridor weren’t performance and grace: obviously it’s not too much of our sports stars to request

Barty couldn’t have known there was a camera monitoring her exit.She was just pensive. Her skills set her well above the rest of us, but she never allowed herself to get dizzy there, OK so the mask had an AB badge There must be a few advantages with the No. Give 1 coat

After not playing any official games at all since last February, they now come in day after day for Barty, singles and doubles, tight and fast. You feel it in a good way. I feel fit. I feel healthy? She said obviously a little pain is good to know that you could test yourselfâ ????

She was honest about her performance that day. One set up and one point from a 3-1 lead in the second, she suddenly found herself in the teeth of a storm that led Rogers to five games in a row, “They.” knocked me off the pitch sometimes, “said Barty

It is a sign of Barty’s skill that she found herself in the super tie-breaker. So she goes on, like everyone at Melbourne Park, digging through her muscular memories and shaking the dust off

“Every game was very different, different challenges, different things I had to overcome, which is the best,” said Barty. To be able to work through this and give me another chance to play a little better the next day, focus on some new challenges for the next day ???? And so to Serena

You’re playing in the Yarra Valley Classic asking not to be confused with the Gippsland Trophy, Grampians Trophy, or Phillip Island Trophy, and that’s just the women? Section If it were more condensed it could be sweetened and sold in a can

Another condensation was evident. Most are now referring to the third Show Court in Melbourne Park, where Barty simply played as the MCA. It seems it has become the court that dares not pronounce its name

Barty’s male counterpart, the focus of Australian attention, was also in court on Friday. Nick Kyrgios played under obvious pressure from injuries when he lost in straight sets to Croatian Borna Coric

He also swore repeatedly, complained of a lack of towels, damned Melbourne’s weather and when there was nothing left to lose he tossed a bat into the courtyard and tossed the wreck in the empty stands. It cost him one point but up then the match was over

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