WTA Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova march into second week


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WTA Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova march into second week

World no. 1 and the first favorite for Wimbledon title Ashleigh Barty can't stop winning, beating the young Briton Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1 in swift 53 minutes to reach the fourth round. Playing at Wimbledon only for the fourth time, the Aussie delivered another impressive performance, landing 23 winners and only six unforced errors to leave her coeval far behind and march towards the last 16.

Dart managed to win nine return points, enough to create four break points in the sixth game of the second set, squandering them all and allowing Barty to stay unbroken and close the match soon after. Ashleigh was untouchable behind the first serve and had full control on the return as well, converting all five break chances for a perfect day at the office against the rival from outside the top-100.

Settling into a desired rhythm right from the very first ball, Barty broke Dart in games two and four, sealing the opener with an ace for a 6-1 after 25 minutes and never looking back, ready for more of the same in set number two.

The Aussie grabbed 16 of the first 20 points to race into a 4-0 lead, saving those break points two games later and moving over the top with another break in game seven. The 6th seed and two-time champion Petra Kvitova is looking strong after an arm injury that put her participation in doubt, defeating Magda Linette 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes, advancing to the fourth round for the first time since 2014!

Serving at 75%, Petra lost only 12 points behind the initial shot, dominating with her forehand to clock 23 winners and 15 unforced errors, leaving the Pole on a more reduced 13-12 ratio and forging the triumph with three breaks on her tally, never facing a break point on the other hand.

Kvitova grabbed the lead with a break in game four, wasting four set points on the return at 5-2 before closing the set with a nice hold in game nine. Pushing even harder in set number two, the Czech broke in games three and seven, crossing the finish line on own serve at 5-2 to stay on the course for the third Wimbledon crown.

The 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro took down Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-3 in 68 minutes to advance into the second week for the third time. The Spaniard lost serve thrice but erased that deficit with a perfect display on her break chances, converting all six to control the scoreboard and seal the deal in just over an hour, kicking the match with three straight breaks and repeating that number in set two to find herself over the top.

The 21st seed Elise Mertens defeated the 15th seed Qiang Wang 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 in grueling two hours and 49 minutes, fending off 14 out of 15 break points and delivering four to prevail and achieve the best result at the All England Club so far.

The Belgian had more winners than unforced errors and still had to work hard to clinch the victory, wasting a match point in the second set tie break (the set lasted for more than 70 minutes) before a break in game seven in the decider that carried her through following hold in game ten.