Rain makes de Minaur wait a day in Sydney

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Barty, who was runner-up in the Sydney final on Saturday night, weathered on early storm from Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum before winning 6-2, 6-2 in the night session on Margaret Court Arena.

The youngster ended his Sydney campaign in the best possible way, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 in the final to lift his maiden ATP title and become the first ATP victor born in 1999!

The results continued an inspiring showing for the local contingent, with a trio of young Australians on debut - Astra Sharma, Zoe Hives and Kimberly Birrell - having kicked off proceedings earlier on day one.

The 34-year-old Seppi, playing in his first decider in more than three years, hasn't won a tournament since 2012.

Her command at the net and the quality of her volleys was evident throughout the second set, which she won to chalk up a victory in just 57 minutes.

'I knew coming in that if I wanted to come away with a trophy, I was going to have to play two really tough matches, ' he said.

"(But) I felt good out there.

De Minaur overcame Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (5) in Saturday's singles final.

The talented young Australian player claimed the feat after losing two ATP finals past year: the Sydney, and Washington opens, in addition to the 2018 Next Generation ATP Finals in the Italian city of Milan.

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"I'm very happy with my performance".

Sydney-born De Minaur is the first Australian champion at the 134-year tournament since Bernard Tomic in 2013.

He also showed no sign of nerves, getting 73 per cent of his first serves in and bouncing back immediately after being broken midway through the second set and then three times when the world No.37 had mini breaks in the tiebreaker.

De Minaur was drawn on the bottom half of the schedule, the side of which all matches are set for Monday.

De Minaur has soared 208 places to 29 in the ATP Rankings and was named ATP Newcomer of the Year after earning 28 tour-level victories throughout his 2018 campaign.

His reward is a return on Wednesday to play Mirza Basic or Henri Laaksonen for a likely third-round shootout with the great Rafael Nadal.

The world No.29's court coverage was huge as always, regularly chasing down his Italian opponent's forehands and wearing the 34-year-old down over the 2hr 5min clash to make amends for last year's final loss to Daniil Medvedev.

"It's definitely special. I had the opportunity previous year..."

She more than doubled her prize money courtesy of the win over the wildcard Ho, earning $85,000, and it is just reward after she took a punt on a United States college scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville after sustaining a broken ankle early in her career. "Definitely memories that are going to last forever".

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