Top seed Ash Barty and Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic stormed into the third round of the US Open on Thursday, barely 12 hours after a storm dumped serious rain on the event and caused massive New York flooding.

WTA No 1 Barty had a slight struggle with promising Danish teen Clara Tauson, prevailing 6-1, 7-5 while Swiss Bencic dispatched 106th-ranked Italian Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1.

Barty is on the move at the event , with hopes of breaking new ground by reaching the quarter-finals and needing one more win to get that far.

The Australian took an hour and a quarter to advance, adding 11 aces for the second match in a row to run her season total well into the 300s.

But she had troubles in closing out victory, dropping serve while heading for victory leading a set and 5-4. But a break-back solved the problems with the seed motoring on.  

Barty finished with 27 winners and forced her young opponent to save 14 of 18 break points in the afternoon rout.

Bencic needed about the same amount of time to dispatch Trevisan in a first-time meeting, with the italian playing the main draw here for the first time as she faced the 2019 semi-finalist.

Both players struck 16 winners but Trevisan was weighed down by 17 unforced errors to eight for her 11th-seeded opponent.

Luck ran out for Switzerland’s Cincinnati finalist Jil Teichmann as she lost 6-4, 6-1 to Anett Kontaveit.

British teenaged breakthrough Emma Raducanu, ranked 150th, defeated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4.


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