Ash Barty got through his first-round match at the US Open, but it wasn’t smooth when the electronic line-calling system gave up, causing the game to pause and build up momentum.
Ash Barty continued her magnificent run of form at the US Open as she progressed to the second lap.
Barty beat Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 7-6 in the first round of the US Open, but it hasn’t been easy sailing for Australia’s world number one.
The game was momentarily stopped in the second set when the electronic appeal system had to be restarted at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the center court at Flushing Meadows Stadium in New York.
Barty was on the verge of securing a service game when the system gave up, forcing players to retire to their seats until it was restarted.
The 25-year-old Australian asked the chair umpire if the human linesmen could be brought back onto the pitch so the match could continue.
However, this year’s US Open uses the electronic system in place of the on-court umpires, with the exception of the chair umpire.
Without the new system, matches must be stopped.
Thankfully the pair were back on the pitch within minutes and Barty managed to serve the game, but they couldn’t finish the game seamlessly.
Barty did not serve the match as the second set ended in a tie-break where she was forced to defend a few set points before winning 9-7.
In the first set of her tournament, Barty was flawless as she won 6-1 in just 24 minutes.
After the match, Barty said her campaign got off to a “very pleasant” start as she looked to win the only Grand Slam event where she failed to reach the quarter-finals.
She will now face 18-year-old Clara Tauson of Denmark in the second round en route to what would be her second consecutive tournament victory after winning the Cincinnati Open last week.
Earlier in the year, Barty triumphed in England to become the first Australian to win Wimbledon since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley won in 1980.