Barty brilliant in dismissing Van Utyvanck
Ash Barty extends her winning streak to 14 matches with a 55-minute rout of Alison Van Uytvanck, a result propelling her into Wimbledon's third round.
Ash Barty required just 55 minutes on Thursday to march into the third round at Wimbledon.
The top seed dismissed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-1 6-3 on No.2 Court, extending her winning streak to 14 matches.
She was later joined in the third round by John Millman, after the Queenslander scored his own comprehensive win with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over 31st seed Laslo Djere.
“I think overall today I was just really clear. I think I did a really good job with my execution of how we wanted to play,” Barty said.
“(It was) pretty sharp right from the start. I was able to implement what I wanted to right away and put the pressure straight back on her.”
She means business.
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The reigning Roland Garros champion and world No.1 in the third round faces local wildcard Harriet Dart, who got past Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in three sets.
“There’s an element of danger against everyone you play. You have to make sure you know exactly how you want to play the match,” Barty said of the looming match up.
“I haven’t played with her before, haven’t hit with her. Obviously a little bit new for both of us.”
The cheers from the British crowd on the adjacent Court 12 could be heard floating across No.2 Court as Dart pocketed the first set, but the noise certainly did not distract Barty.
The Australian forged ahead 5-0 in just 18 minutes, using her full repertoire of shots to bamboozle the Belgian. Of particular note were two delightful winning lobs in the fourth game that helped Barty escape from defensive positions.
She chipped-and-charged on set point to take the opener in 25 minutes, and belted back-to-back forehand winners to open the third game of the second set, ultimately breaking serve once more.
The score of 2-1 quickly became 5-1 as Barty’s weaponry and versatility rattled Van Uytvanck, who double faulted to surrender serve again in the fifth game.
A slight wobble came at at 5-2, 30-0 when the Aussie was serving for the match; Van Uytvanck nabbed four points in a row to break back.
But Barty arrived at match point in the next game and converted it with a high backhand volley winner.
It marks the second straight year Barty has advanced to the third round of Wimbledon, where she is yet to reach the second week of the singles tournament.
She will attempt to do so when she takes on Dart on Saturday, a match many pundits are predicting will be selected for Centre Court.
“If I got to play on that court, it would be incredible. One of the most beautiful courts in the world,” Barty said. “But) I’ll play whenever I’m scheduled.
“There’s not a bad court here at Wimbledon, all special in their own right. They’re all very beautiful.
“I certainly enjoyed playing on Court 2 today. It was nice to hear some Aussies out there, get some support. It was incredible.”