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Ash Barty marks First Nations Day with easy win in Australia

By JOHN PYE
AP Sports Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty was front and center when the Australian Open celebrated its inaugural First Nations Day, but not for very long. The top-ranked Barty has Indigenous heritage and her second-round match at Melbourne Park’s main stadium was included among the features of a program dedicated to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. She was on and off the court in 52 minutes in a 6-1, 6-1 win over 142nd-ranked qualifier Lucia Bronzetti. Rafael Nadal didn’t get it all his own way in the next match on Rod Laver Arena. He needed five match points to beat No. 126-ranked German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

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