In a close tussle, Barty won the first set 7-5 but lost the next two 6-3, 6-4 against the American 20-year-old.

It was Kenin's first win against a top five player, with the world number 28 complaining about the transition back to hardcourts after her success on clay at the French Open.

Barty currently sits around 400 ranking points ahead of world number two Naomi Osaka, who is in action tomorrow against Tatjana Maria.

β€œI think it was a little rust but I think just in general it was just a bit loose,” Barty told wtatennis.com.

β€œAt times I was missing by big margins, which is not something that I’m used to or comfortable with but it’s not panic stations.

β€œIt’s my first match on hardcourt in a long time.”