Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final

Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final

The 19-year-old wore down Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6 (5) to win the Sydney International late on Saturday - his second match in five hours.

He will face Henri Laaksonen in the second round, with a potential third-round meeting with world number two Rafael Nadal on the horizon.

"I've done everything to recover".

De Minaur will now play against either John Millman - another Australian - or fourth seed Gilles Simon, who will play later on Thursday.

"It's (the Sydney title) given me a lot of confidence".

'And to finally be able to take that step further and get my first win, it's something that's really special in front of friends and family and in the courts I grew up'. "Hopefully I can just ride that momentum and keep playing some great tennis here in Melbourne".

"What is more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home Slam", de Minaur said.

It was also fitting he joined Hewitt as a 19-year-old victor, given there was so much about the Australian Davis Cup team captain - who again sat in his players' box - in the victory. "I think that is pretty poor".

"It's definitely special. I had the opportunity past year..."

Asked if he had asked to have the match pushed back, de Minaur replied: "Yeah". "I didn't want to overthink it and I'm happy with the way I composed myself during the match", said Kenin, ranked 56 in the world.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates scoring during the Women's Final against Ashleigh Barty of Australia at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Jan. 12, 2019. I sought clarification with Craig Tiley (Australian Open tournament director) yesterday with regards to it and he explained how he made that decision because they wanted their defending champions playing on the first night and that's not unusual that's what happens at Wimbledon aswell, Alex has accepted that and he's ready to go today.

"I think, if anything, it's embracing the support that you do get".

"(But) I felt good out there.