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Dominant Barty powers into Wimbledon fourth round for the first time

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 7 Jul 2019
  • Barty into Wimbledon second week without dropping a set
  • The World No. 1 is the first Aussie woman to make the Wimbledon fourth round since 2010
Ash Barty (PA Images)

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty was typically unfazed in her Centre Court singles debut, breezing past British wildcard Harriet Dart for the loss of just two games to make the Wimbledon second week for the first time.

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Barty recorded her 15th consecutive win following her title triumphs at Roland Garros and Birmingham, producing a near-flawless performance to beat Dart 6-1 6-1 in just 52 minutes. The Australian, who was playing on Centre Court for the first time since the 2013 women’s doubles final, was dominant in every aspect, firing 23 winners and 11 aces, while she also committed just six unforced errors in an extremely clean display.

"It'll always be nice to have quick matches. I think it's nice to know that I can go in and execute and get my job done," Barty said.
"In saying that, as well, a lot of my matches haven't been as easy as the scoreline suggests. I think there have been some really tricky moments. Today at 4-1, that was a really important game I think.”

After playing her first two rounds on No. 1 and No. 2 courts, Barty was excited to play her first singles match on the famous Centre Court.

Ashleigh Barty (PA Images)
It’s a little unusual for the World No. 1 not to play a match on Centre Court across the first two rounds - and you can argue Barty wouldn’t have been on Centre Court again on Saturday if she wasn’t playing British opposition - but the Australian is on the same side of the draw as Serena Williams and Johanna Konta, both of whom are going to be prioritised ahead of her, while Petra Kvitova - who is also into the Round of 16 without dropping a set - is a two-time champion at the All England Club.

"It's the most beautiful court in the world, isn't it? I promised myself when I walked out there that I'd smile and try and take it all in. And it changed a little bit since I played on there with Casey [Dellacqua] a few years ago now," Barty said.
"I think having played on that court now, I know what it's like. It's not too dissimilar to what I expected from a pace of court and things like that, but obviously the surroundings are a little bit different. Now having a taste of that, it's nice to know what it's like."

Barty, as expected, is taking all of her success in her stride. It’s been a remarkable year for the 23-year-old, winning her first Premier Mandatory title in Miami to crack the top 10 for the first time in April and swiftly rising to No. 1 within months after her French Open victory and title win in Birmingham.



“I think there have been so many different champions across our sport. Some have been extremely successful in smaller periods, others have had longevity. I think everyone is unique, everyone has a different journey,” she said. “I'm just trying to do the best to pave my own path and enjoy my journey.”

Up next for Barty is arguably the biggest test of her current 15-match winning streak, with the big-serving Alison Riske waiting in the fourth round on Manic Monday.

Riske captured two grass-court trophies in the lead-up to Wimbledon, winning an ITF tournament in Nottingham before saving five championships points against Kiki Bertens to take home the s-Hertogenbosch title. The American has continued her great form at Wimbledon, making the second week for the first time as she defeated 13th seed Belinda Bencic on Saturday, coming back from a break down in the deciding set.

"Whenever Alison's back was against the wall, she produced her best tennis. I think that's no secret. You ask any opponent that plays Alison, she's up for the fight, makes you work for every single point," Barty said of Riske.
"I think it will be really important for me to go out there and try and bring my variety, take my opportunities when I get them. Also I know she loves playing on the grass court. She's going to make me play a million balls. I have to be at my best."


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Dominant Barty powers into Wimbledon fourth round for the first time

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty was typically unfazed in her Centre Court singles debut, breezing past British wildcard Harriet Dart for the loss of just two games to make the Wimbledon second week for the first time.

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