Ashleigh Barty, Elise Mertens and Dan Evans start the Australian Open with a good feeling. The Australian number 1 in the world, the Belgian and the 30-year-old Briton won three of the preparation tournaments.
Sunday was a particularly memorable day for Evans in his tennis career. He won a tournament on the ATP tour for the first time in his professional career. He had to wait 14 years for that success, namely the overall victory in the Murray River Open, one of the preparation tournaments at the Australian Open. In the final, Evans convincingly dealt with Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime: 6-2 6-3. For the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime it was the seventh time that he lost a final. Evans only played his third ATP final.
Barty can also start the Australian Open with confidence. The leader of the world ranking won the Yarra Valley Classic on Sunday. Barty won the final against the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza 7-6 (3) 6-4. It was the ninth tournament win for 24-year-old Barty, who played her first tournament in eleven months. Due to the corona pandemic, she did not dare to travel and was missing last year in the tournaments that were completed after the long corona break.
Belgian Elise Mertens also achieved success in the run-up to the Australian Open. The world’s number 20 won the Gippsland Trophy on Sunday, another preparation tournament in Melbourne. Mertens defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the final 6-4 and 6-1. It was the sixth tournament victory for Belgium’s best tennis player.
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Barty, Mertens and Evans with tournament winnings in their pocket to Australian Open | Tennis
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