Barty blitzes her way into Open’s last 32

Darren Walton |

Ash Barty has continued her scorching start to the summer to surge into the Australian Open third round at Melbourne Park.

Australia’s world No.1 blitzed Italian qualifier Lucia Bonzetti 6-1 6-1 on Wednesday to extend her unbeaten run in 2022 to six matches.

Triumphant at the season-opening Adelaide International, Barty plays another Italian next, 30th seed Camila Giorgi on Friday, for a place in the last 16 for the fourth-straight year.

Ranked 142nd in the world and featuring in the second round at a grand slam for the first time, Bronzetti was simply no match for the top seed and Open title favourite.

She won only seven points in the first five games before finally getting on the board.

But with Barty once again untouchable on serve, as she has been mostly all summer, Bronzetti never looked like many any inroads.

The Wimbledon champion, meanwhile, broke the Italian five times in securing another emphatic victory in only 52 minutes.

Having dispatched Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in the first round, Barty has dropped just three games and spent less than two hours on court en route to the last 32.