Ashleigh Barty cruises past Stefanie Voegele in Nottingham

Ashleigh Barty cruises past Stefanie Voegele in Nottingham

Two-time quarter finalist Ashleigh Barty beat Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

The Australian player was beaten in three sets by Serena Williams at Roland Garros. She won 94 percent of her second serve points in the match.

Barty got an early break to open up a 2-0 lead and held her next service games to win the first set 6-3. The Aussie player clinched another early break at the start of the second set. Barty faced two break points but hit two service games to save them and won her service game with two aces. Barty did not face another break point.

Voegele, who reached the final in Nottingham when the tournament was an ITF event but has not won a match on this surface since 2014, missed a volley and a pass in the final game, but she made a double fault on the third match point after one hour and seven minutes.

Barty reached the quarter final in Nottingham twice in 2016 and 2017 and won this tournament in 2012 when it was an ITF tournament,

“Every week we are on the clay is a week we are closer to the grass. It was pretty clean for a first match on grass. I am very pleased with that. It brings out a little bit of extra confidence, knowing that I played well this time last year. I feel I can try to do that again, and we are off to a good start. The beauty of grass court tennis is that you get better with matches, and there is no better way than to get out there and try to fix up your game”, said Barty.

Barty set up a first-time match against Duan Yingying.

British number 2 Heather Watson cruised through to the second round with a 6-1 6-3 win over US world number 252 player Danielle Lee.

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