Australian Open 2021 - Brilliant Ash Barty thrashes Danka Kovinic with double bagel in Melbourne
World number one Ash Barty wasted no time in thrashing Danka Kovinic 6-0 6-0 to secure her place in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open in comprehensive fashion. The Australian delighted the home fans as she stormed to victory in just 44 minutes in a breathtaking demolition job on Rod Laver Arena.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after winning match point in her Women's Singles first round match against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro during day two of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
"This is what it's all about, this is incredible," the Australian said as the Melbourne fans cheered her every word.
It's impossible not to enjoy a night session on this beautiful court.
Highlights: Breathtaking Barty through without dropping a game
"I wanted to go out there and almost take the sting, take the pepper out of the match a little bit and get it on my terms as much as possible right from the get-go and make it feel like she had a real mountain to climb," Barty said.
"I think that was probably the most pleasing thing overall, right from the start I set the tone and was able to run away with it.
Barty was also the top seed at last year after winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2019 French Open but she ended up losing in the semi-finals eventual champion Sofia Kenin.
"I think more than anything is you're seeing that the women's game is getting so strong, the depth is incredible. You certainly can't underestimate anyone," Barty said.
"Every single opponent deserves to be here and has the right to press you as much as possible."
Barty will next face a second-round match against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo or local wildcard Daria Gavrilova.
"It will be a challenge if she gets through," she said of compatriot Gavrilova.
"I always enjoy testing myself against other Aussies. If she does get through, it will be a ripper."