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Ajla Tomljanovic, Jordan Thompson out of Adelaide International

Ajla Tomljanovic, Jordan Thompson out of Adelaide International”

The world No. 1 headlines the new event starting on Sunday, part of a revised calendar in the run-up to the opening Grand Slam of the year which begins on January 20.

"I have seen the physios, I have seen the doctors, and I will be continuing to do that for the whole of the week and hopefully I will be ready to play in Melbourne", he added.

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty survived a scare Tuesday before battling through her opening match at the Adelaide International to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three tough sets.

The top seed, who had a bye in the first round at Memorial Drive, faced a struggle to get past her experienced Russian opponent 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and book a place in the quarter-finals.

"We know how disappointed Novak is about not being able to play in Adelaide this year and we hope to welcome him to the tournament next year", Adelaide International Tournament Director Alistair MacDonald said in a statement.

There was no upset for Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, who competed hard but couldn't take all her chances against world No.4 Simona Halep.

"Obviously, I'm not in the happiest mood, but it's something that happens".

Barty also fell to a qualifier in Brisbane, with world No.53 Jennifer Brady stunning the hometown favourite at Pat Rafter Arena in straight sets.

Qualifying for the $2 million event began yesterday, while the tournament proper begins 5pm today (Sunday) and will be preceded by a Rally for Resilience, featuring Halep and former Australian Open victor Angelique Kerber, with proceeds to go towards supporting the bushfire relief appeal.

Yet Vondrousova will have her hands full with Rodionova, who before defeating Stephens upset Carla Suarez Navarro and Anastasia Potapova to reach the main draw.

"I was moving pretty well". It's always great to get such incredible wins against the top players. I need some matches and then I can feel it better.

While she is expected to now relink with her regular doubles partner Coco Vanderweghe - with whom she won the 2018 US Open - she thanked Bertens for agreeing to partner her "in my handsome hometown of Brisbane" for the first tournament of the season.

Earlier, American qualifier Tommy Paul beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 and Brit Daniel Evans accounted for Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-2.



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