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Barty Opens Her 2022 Season With Win Over Gauff in Adelaide

Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns a shot to Jil Teichmann, of Switzerland, in the women's single final of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. Top-ranked Barty had a tough opener to her 2022 season, having to rally from a set and a break down to beat 17-year-old American Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in the second round of the Adelaide International.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns a shot to Jil Teichmann, of Switzerland, in the women's single final of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. Top-ranked Barty had a tough opener to her 2022 season, having to rally from a set and a break down to beat 17-year-old American Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in the second round of the Adelaide International.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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Adelaide, Australia (AP) -- Top-ranked Ash Barty had a tough opener to her 2022 season, having to rally from a set and a break down to beat 17-year-old American Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday in the second round of the Adelaide International.

The Wimbledon champion dropped serve twice in the first set and was 4-2 down, facing another break point, in the second before recovering to win 11 of the last 13 games.