Sharapova steamrolled by ‘tricky’ Barty

The universe No.2, who had suffered a unemployment given her early exit from Wimbledon final month, absolutely outsmarted a former Cincinnati champion, winning 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 27 mins on Wednesday.

It was Barty’s 40th win of a season, with her win-loss record 40-7, withdrawal her second usually to Dutch ace Kiki Bertens (41-16).

Sharapova says a Australian’s wily arsenal reminds her of Belgian good Justine Henin.

“Not an easy compare and unequivocally not an easy match-up for me. we consider she does a lot of things well. She’s a wily opponent,” she said.

“If we had played opposite her best diversion like when we was only entrance up, like a Henin or someone that sliced and diced and had a lot of variety, it was really tough for me.”

Barty will subsequent face Anett Kontaveit after a Estonian kick Pole Iga Swiatek 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

The Australian, penetrating to equivocate a second uninterrupted opening better after her detriment to Sofia Kenin in Montreal final week, kicked off record by holding a 1-0 lead.

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But Sharapova saved dual mangle points before Barty’s errors authorised her to turn during 1-1, before surging to a 3-1 lead.

The French Open champion afterwards brought a Russian to a net before outstanding a backhand opposite a justice to make it 3-2.

Sharapova’s errors leveled it during 3-3, with Barty afterwards following a high backhand cut with a forehand leader to make it 4-3.

Sharapova leveled again though Barty served it out to lead 5-4 before a Russian put a turn over a baseline to palm her a initial set.

Barty raced to a 3-0 lead in a second, though Sharapova pulled one behind before over-hitting a lapse to put a Australian adult 4-1.

The universe No.2’s dump shot brought Sharapova to a net, before she masterfully lobbed a turn behind inside a Russian’s baseline to make it 5-1. The 23-year-old afterwards served it out for a win.

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Ash Barty simply beats Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1 from 1-3 down in a initial set. Moved Sharapova around and used her cut intensely well. Seriously good performance.

Clearly, Sharapova needs some-more matches.

— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) Aug 14, 2019

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep also modernized with a battling 3-6 7-5 6-4 feat over Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

World No.3 Karolina Pliskova claimed a widespread 6-1 6-3 win over China’s Yafan Wang and will accommodate Sweden’s Rebecca Petersonin a third round.

Belarusian Arya Sabalenka eased past China’s Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-3, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei kick home wish Jennifer Brady 7-6 (11-9) 6-3.

Croatia’s Donna Vekic requisitioned a compare with Venus Williams after her 6-2 7-5 win over former universe No.1 Victoria Azarenka, while Elina Svitolina degraded Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-4 6-1.

World No.1 Naomi Osaka degraded Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 2-6 6-2, definition if Barty hopes to retrieve a tip arrange she’ll need to strech a final and wish Osaka falls beforehand.