NEW YORK — Second seed Ash Barty barely avoided getting pushed to a third set and got past Lauren Davis of the United States, 6-2, 7-6 (2), on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Barty won the French Open in June and is trying to get past the fourth round in New York for the first time.
She needed to get through a three-setter in her opening match Monday, and almost needed to do so again against the 73rd-ranked Davis, who played with her left leg heavily taped. But Davis couldn't take the second set despite being a point away.
Barty eventually converted her fourth match point.
The match was played indoors at Louis Armstrong Stadium because of rain that washed out all but nine singles matches on the Day 3 schedule.