The 27-year-old was beaten by the 88th-ranked Martic in the first round of Wimbledon earlier this year but the Brit was able to exact revenge for a painful defeat as she powered through to round two in New York.
Baltacha, who is currently ranked 57th in the world, admitted her loss to the 19-year-old Croat at SW19 had taken some getting over but now insists she is now focused on putting a run together at Flushing Meadows as she looks to break into the top 50 for the first time in her career.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I really wanted revenge and it feels really good now,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baltacha said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew it could have been a potential banana skin. I knew I would have to take charge, take control from the first point and dictate and that’s how I like to play anyway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously losing to her at Wimbledon was very difficult to take because I was two points away from the match. I took that loss quite hard and there were a lot of things to get over after that match, but it was one of those things that was either going to make me or break me.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always try to think things happen for a reason, however hurtful, and after Wimbledon really tested me mentally and emotionally. There were a couple of demons there and after today I think I’ve flicked the demons off my shoulder.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think I learned a lot of things from that match at Wimbledon and it helped a lot today. I knew it was going to be one of those interesting matches but I knew that if I stayed very professional and focused hard to try and deliver my best tennis then I knew that I could win.
She added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I did that today. That was the difference, big time. I really did believe in myself and not at any stage in the match did I let up. I stayed really positive and I just kept putting her under pressure. I played very well.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Standing between Baltacha and a place in the third round is 27th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Her form hasn’t been unbelievable since Wimbledon but she’s young and very, very dangerous,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baltacha said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s going to be one of those where I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain and playing the way I did today has given me so much confidence.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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