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Barty's focus on herself, not opponents

Ashleigh Barty won't take much notice of the battle determining who she'll play next at the Adelaide International.

Australia's world No.1 will meet either compatriot Arina Rodionova or Czech eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova in a Thursday quarter-final.

But don't expect Barty to be going to school on Rodionova's second-round duel against Vondrousova on Wednesday.

The Queenslander knows enough about the 20-year-old left-hander anyway, spanking Vondrousova in last year's French Open final to win her maiden grand slam crown.

Barty instead will focus on her own preparation, maintaining a long-held belief.

"Every opponent deserves the same respect," she said.

"Regardless of whether they're qualified, whether they're in the main draw, whether they're seeded - no matter who your opponent is, they deserve the same amount of respect.

"So from my point of view, I don't really care what happens to the rest of the draw.

"I'm just trying to focus ... on my next match and that is all I really care about."

Barty banked a comeback win against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday at Memorial Drive, winning 4-6 6-3 7-5.

And she said the blinkers would be on throughout the rest of the Adelaide tournament and also the Australian Open starting Monday in Melbourne.

"Aside from Serena (Williams), there are going to be 127 girls in the draw that are a threat to me in Melbourne," she said.

"Everyone has earnt their way into the draw in Melbourne and has every single right to win the tournament.

"I have a particular interest in the other Australian girls, particularly those that I train with on a regular basis ... but, all in all, it's more just a vague check more than anything.

"Not a lot sticks in this brain, there's a few marbles rolling around there, so I'm just trying to focus on what I do best."

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