Ashleigh Barty beats Harriet Dart to enter Wimbledon the last 16
LONDON: number one in the world Ashleigh Barty reached the last 16 in Wimbledon for the first time on Saturday while overwhelming the British wild card Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1.
The 23-year-old Australian, bidding to become the first Wimbledon women's champion from her country since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second title in 1980, will play unseeded American Alison Riske for a place in the last eight.
Barty did not allow Dart a look from the beginning and the Briton with 182 positions only managed to enter the board in the first set with 5-0 down.
It was almost a similar story in the second, Barty sailing with a 4-1 advantage only for Dart to finally find his feet and forge four break points.
Barty, however, kept the nerve and saved everyone to win the game before breaking Dart in the next game to take the match after only 53 minutes on the center court.