World No.1 Ash Barty has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Barty dropped the opening set but dug deep and pulled off a thrilling comeback, taking down her Russian opponent 4-6 6-3 7-5.
After dropping the opening set in a shaky start, Barty stormed back into the match in the second set.
The Queenslander notched five aces and broke Pavlyuchenkova’s serve twice to level the match and force a deciding third set.
The third set had fans on the edge of their seats after the Aussie squandered a two break advantage.
Pavlyuchenkova looked certain to send the third set to a tiebreak when she levelled the scores at 5-5 with her own service game to come.
But Barty broke back and took care of business in the following game, and from there she sealed the match.
Barty admitted after the match that her performance is still a work in progress as she continues to find her “groove.”
Ash Barty reflects on second-round win in Adelaide
“Those tough wins, those wins when you’re not necessarily playing your best tennis, I think they always make you feel pretty good deep down, knowing that you can scrap out of it and get out of it,” Barty said.
“It was just a work in progress.
“It was just me finding the middle of the racquet, finding my groove … obviously it’s natural to find your rhythm and find your groove the more matches you play.”
Barty will face the winner of Arina Rodionova and Marketa Vondrousova’s match in the quarter-finals of the tournament.