Barty cruises into the Wimbledon fourth round with tennis master class

Aussie Ash Barty has advanced to the final 16 at Wimbledon for the first time after demolishing British wildcard Harriet Dart.

Barty took just 53 minutes to dispatch Hart 6-1, 6-1 in a centre court performance that had British sporting royalty on its feet.

Olympic legends Sebastian Coe, Mo Farah and Chris Hoy, cricketers Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Andrew Strauss were among those watching on from the Royal Box as the world number one extended her winning streak to 15 matches.


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Barty raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set before finishing it off with three big aces.

It was a similar story in the second set as Barty dropped just one more game to clinch the victory.

Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2010.

“It was really good. I felt like I served really when I really needed to,” Barty said.

“I tried to do as best as I could to get a quick start and then keep the ball rolling from there.

“I was able to overpower her just a touch, but it certainly wasn’t a one and one scoreline.”

Despite the relative ease with which Barty advanced, she insists it was tougher than it looked.

“It’s always nice to have quick matches and it’s nice to know i can execute and get my job done.

“In saying that, a lot of my matches have not been as easy as the scoreline suggests.”

Barty will now face unseeded American Alison Riske on Monday and is on track to face former world number one Serena Williams in the quarter-finals.

But she wasn’t weighing into the potentially mouth-watering showdown with Willams.

“I will give you the athlete’s answer and say I’m just going to worry about Alison first.”

Barty is the only Aussie left at Wimbledon after John Millman was bundled out.

Millman went down in straight sets to American Sam Querry 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8) 6-3.

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