Topics:  ashleigh barty, bernard tomic, francesca schiavone, hopman cup

French Open champion no match for Ipswich's Barty

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates winning a rally in her singles match against Francesca Schiavone of Italy during day six of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 3, 2013 in Perth, Australia.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates winning a rally in her singles match against Francesca Schiavone of Italy during day six of the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 3, 2013 in Perth, Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images

IPSWICH teen Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest scalp of her fledgling career with a 6-0 6-3 demolition of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone at the Hopman Cup.

Barty's win, achieved in just 55 minutes, gave Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead over Italy after Bernard Tomic beat world No.23 Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-5 in the men's singles rubber.

Australia will reach Saturday night's final if Germany upsets Serbia's top-seeded pairing of Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic tomorrow.

Read a full report at heraldsun.com.au



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