Ash Barty’s apprentice Olivia Jadecky shocks the tennis world at the Australian Open

Olivia Jadecky beat Polina Kudmitova in her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. Photo: Getty

Australian young man Olivia Jadecki won a stunning victory In her first Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open Championshipby defeating Russia’s Polina Kudrmitova on Monday. Jadiki who is going Under the direction of retired Australian champion Ash Bartyin the second round with a dominant 7-5, 6-1 victory.

“I really can’t believe it. I’m speechless,” Gadecki said after the win.

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The 20-year-old took the first set against Kudermetova with the only break, hitting a backhand big on the line to eliciting rapturous applause from spectators on Court 8. The Australian then went on a six-match winning streak as she powered to victory in 76 minutes.

Gadecki will now face Ukraine’s sensational talent Marta Kostyuk on Wednesday after she took down 28th seed Amanda Anisimova. Jadecki also got a life-changing payday $158,850 for a second round procedure.

It was Gadecki’s first match at Grand Slam level and came 12 months later than originally planned. She was supposed to make her Australian Open debut last year but was unable to play after opting not to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

“I knew what my decision entailed and I just focused on doing the best I could with what I had and tried to play the rest of the year,” she said last month. “Last year was a bit difficult with injuries. I’ve struggled a bit in the last five or six months.

Olivia Jadecky, pictured here against Polina Kudmitova at the Australian Open.

Olivia Jadecky vs Polina Kudmitova at the Australian Open. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)

“I’ve sprained my left ankle and hand but it’s a long journey and one year (of upsets) won’t make much difference. I look at the positives. I’m lucky enough to be given the chance to play the main-draw Australian Open which has been my dream since a young age.

“I know I can play at a higher level but I just look at all the little things that I have to do well to get there. I’m just looking forward to enjoying the experience and hopefully I get a couple of games under my belt.”

Jadecki has been taking some advice from fellow Queenslander Party for a number of years, with the pair often seen out on the training ground together on the Gold Coast. Jadecki recently revealed that Barty will be in her camp at the Australian Open.

“I was really lucky because I could always call her if I had any questions or if I needed advice, she was always there for me,” Jadecki said of Barty during the Nations Cup. “The best part is that she treats me like a normal person and we can relate to that and off court is just as important as on court.”

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Jadecki’s victory comes as a huge boon for the Australian women’s squad that is lacking some serious star power. Barty retired after winning the Australian Open in 2022, while the highest-ranked Australian woman Ajla Tomljanović had to withdraw due to an injury.

Daria Saville was ruled out in September after sustaining a serious knee injury, leaving Jadecki, Storm Hunter, Jamie Vorlis and Thalia Gibson as Australia’s other main entries. Kimberly Birrell was awarded a wildcard late on after Venus Williams withdrew due to injury.

“There are a lot of young players who didn’t get into the draw and who weren’t at that stage,” tournament coach Craig Tiley told reporters on Friday. “But in both the women’s and men’s teams, I think we’re in good shape as far as the future is concerned.

“We had a lot of players to choose from and we had to make careful decisions with wildcards that we didn’t have to do because there weren’t a lot of players out there.”

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