Collins sets up Barty clash in Adelaide

Collins sets up Barty clash in Adelaide

American Danielle Collins has set up a meeting with world No.1 Ash Barty after beating Zheng Saisai in the Adelaide International.

Collins overcome Zheng 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in their first round clash on Monday, figuring out her Chinese opponent after two previous losses.

“She’s a really challenging player to play against,” Collins said. “She has a really versatile game and it can be tricky at times.”

It means Collins, a 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist, will come up against Australian defending champion Barty in the second round on Wednesday.

The American world No.37 pushed Barty to a third-set tiebreaker at the semi-final stage in Adelaide last year.

Australian wildcard Olivia Gadecki, 18, lost her first round clash against eighth seed Wang Qiang 6-4 6-3 on Monday.

On Tuesday the stage is set for two all-Australian match-ups with Sam Stosur to play Maddison Inglis and Ajla Tomljanovic to meet Storm Sanders in the first round.

Stosur and Tomljanovic both took wildcards to play the event while Inglis and Sanders were qualifiers.

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