The first match of world No.1 Ashleigh Barty‘s 2020 season ended in a 6-4 7-6(4) defeat to in-form qualifier Jennifer Brady, who closed out their second-round encounter in front of a very tough crowd at the Brisbane International for her first Top 10 victory and a place in the quarterfinals.
The world No.53 Brady backed up her first-round win over Maria Sharapova by winning 85% first serve points and not facing a single break point against the 23-year Barty at Pat Rafter Arena. As Barty emphasized, the fact that the entire match featured just one break of serve, shows how well both players served. When it comes to the 24-year-old Brady, she has played 24 consecutive service games without facing a break point.
It’s the first time in three attempts that Brady has beaten Barty, who has never been past the second round in Brisbane in her five appearances.