Ashleigh Barty advances to the second round of Wimbledon

LONDON: number one in the world Ashleigh Barty progressed to the second round of Wimbledon on Tuesday hitting Zheng Saisai of China 6-4, 6-2.

The 23-year-old Australian, who seeks to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to win both the open French and Wimbledon in the same season, did not have things all their own way being pegged back to 4-4 in the first set after leading 3-0.

However, he had too much in the locker for his opponent and easily took the second set to extend his unbeaten record to 13 games.

Barty plays Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck for a place in the last 32.