Barty survives scare to stay in the hunt in Adelaide

Adelaide TD shares thoughts about Novak Djokovic's withdrawal

Though the tournament organisers did not give any reason behind Djokovic's withdrawal, they wished him good luck for the first Grand Slam of the season.

"It's been an incredible journey for myself and my team", she said.

"It was a really entertaining match for us and I could feel that the people enjoyed it a lot", she said. "And at this stage we are just looking at short-term goals and trying to get better each day (with) a lot of treatment", news.com.au quoted De Minaur as saying. "I'm happy now that I've given myself an opportunity to play another match on this handsome court in front of everyone here in Adelaide".

World number one Ashleigh Barty survived a scare today before battling through her opening match at the Adelaide International to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three tough sets.

But the Australian found beauty in winning ugly in her 4-6 6-3 7-5 victory at Memorial Drive in her first appearance of the tournament.

Indian Sania Mirza, meanwhile, won her first doubles match since returning to the WTA Tour following the birth of her son with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.

"I felt like I was doing the right things".

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"I was feeling it (the injury) before the match but it came to a point where he changed his tactics and I over pressed a bit more than I had to, that's when a couple of my errors occurred".

Angelique Kerber serves against Wang Qiang during their first round match at the Adelaide International tennis tournament on Monday. "I pride myself on my fighting qualities".

The reigning French Open champion dropped the first set, before overcoming some wobbles on her serve to down the world No.31 4-6 6-4 7-5 in a gripping contest.

"It was very hard, but I like the heat and I'm happy to be here for the first time", said Bencic, who soared up the rankings past year and won two titles, in Moscow and Dubai, on her way to a career-best 49 main-draw match wins.

The 201st-ranked Rodionova, who endured two three-set wins in qualifying to reach the main draw, was in control from the first game when Stephens lost her serve.

German Julia Goerges will line up for a quarter-final place fourth seed Belinda Bencic after defeating Australian wild card Priscilla Hon 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.

The eighth Marketa Vondrousova defeated Tatjana Maria 6: 3, 6: 0 and Maria Sakkari won 7: 5, 6: 2 against the fifth Vitalia Diatchenko. American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4.

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