Andrea Petkovic shut down a troll after he told her to change her career following a defeat to Petra Kvitova in an exhibition game.
Professional tennis has been in cold storage since March due to the coronavirus pandemic with tournaments unlikely to resume before August.
Petra Kvitova is taking part in an all-Czech competition pitting eight men and eight women in separate draws.
Petra Kvitova, ranked 11th in the world, is chasing a 28th tour title, having lost only nine finals.
Ashleigh Barty has won her last three meetings with Petra Kvitova, including the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month.
Ashleigh Barty beat American 18th seed Alison Riske 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and next plays two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Petra Kvitova lost the first set before winning 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2 to ruin Maria Sakkari's hopes of becoming the first Greek woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam.
Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic both advanced to the semi-finals after contrasting victories at the WTA Finals in China.
Naomi Osaka maintained her unbeaten record over Petra Kvitova having won their only previous clash in a three-set classic in Melbourne.
Roger Federer admitted he struggled to get past the talented Gael Monfils.
Petra Kvitova, chasing a fourth title on the Caja Magica clay, has now won her last five matches over Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.
Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 at Indian Wells.
Japan's Naomi Osaka retained the world number one spot.
Naomi Osaka said she was not satisfied with back-to-back majors Sunday and hoped to complete a "Naomi Slam".
Comeback queen Petra Kvitova said she was hurting but still felt like a winner.
Naomi Osaka battled past eighth-seed Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Australian Open crown.
Australia Open 2019 Women's Final, Highlights: Naomi Osaka defeated Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4.