Ashleigh Barty -02- (AUS) def Zarina Diyas -80- (KAZ)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor...
The defending US Open Doubles Champion and reigning Roland Garros Singles Champion was in trouble early Monday. In set-1, Ashleigh Barty gave up 19 unforced errors and only landed 6 first serves. World #80 Zarina Diyas was consistent and completely in control.
Barty’s serve started to land in the second, as she reigned-in the mishits and accepted the grind. Late in the set, Ashleigh converted her first break opportunity of the match – then held to force the decider, where she broke twice more to reach Round-2.
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Round-1 Biography |  Ashleigh Barty -02- (AUS)
Last year, she teamed with Coco Vandeweghe to claim her first Grand Slam title right here at the US Open – it was her 5th career Doubles Final at Major. Then, just 2-months-ago, she won her first Singles Major, capturing the title at Roland Garros. Ranked World #15 week-1 of the season, in just her second match of the year, she earned her first career win over a World #1, defeating Simona Halep en-route to the Sydney Final. Since then, she’s earned 3-titles and claimed the World #1 ranking for the first time. Back in April, her gritty, undefeated performance in the Fed Cup Semifinals lifted her country to the Fed Cup Final for the first time in 26-years. From Australia, competing in her 5th US Open, please welcome the #2 Player in the World, Ashleigh Barty.
▲ R1: def Zarina Diyas -80- (KAZ) 16 63 62
Round-1 Biography | Zarina Diyas -80- (KAZ)
5-years-ago she made her US Open main draw debut, where she reached the 3rd-Round in Singles – and the Doubles Quarterfinal with partner Xu Yifan. She burst onto the scene in 2010, when she celebrated her 17th birthday by upsetting World #7 Jelena Jankovic at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Ranked as high as World #31, in 2017 she captured her first WTA Singles title in Tokyo as a qualifier – winning 8 consecutive matches to claim the trophy. Competing in the US Open main draw for the 4th time, from Kazakhstan – Please welcome, Zarina Diyas.
Head to Head
These two had played once before, 6-years-ago as teenagers in Kuala Lumpur. Ashleigh Barty won that match in a tight 2-sets.