Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Barty, Serena cruise into last 16

Barty, Serena cruise into last 16

World number one Ashleigh Barty has lost just two games in a resounding straight-sets defeat of British hopeful Harriet Dart at Wimbledon, as she easily moved through to the fourth round.

'Really, I just need to go about it, be really simple, make up my mind, pick my spot, hit it, and try and bring a very simple mindset and have this real clarity around how I want to play, but also knowing I have the ability to adapt and play a different shot if I need to'.

While Barty will be in new territory playing singles at Wimbledon in the second week for the first time, for Williams it is the 16th.

The win put her into the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in a period of a her career when milestones are being achieved on an nearly daily basis. I'm glad that I'm able to find a good performance during the match. "Just another great opportunity to get out there and do the best that I can".

'I just thought she's just a attractive player.

However, the difference in ranking and experience was laid bare for Dart: It took only 53 minutes for the French champion to dismantle the Briton's game, 6-1, 6-1. He had break point at 5-all.

Johanna Konta is second on Court One against former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, whom she thrashed 6-1 6-4 at the French Open a couple of months ago.

A huge groan was heard across the most iconic stage in tennis but as a visibly upset Dart looked to compose herself by bouncing a ball on the ground with her racquet behind the baseline, the crowd realised her pain and responded with a touching gesture.

On the women's side, Barty and Williams could meet in a blockbuster quarter-final if they win their last 16 matches on "Manic Monday".

If ever less really was more, it would appear to be the case at Wimbledon for twice-champion Petra Kvitova.

The British player's weak serve was taking a pounding, while she was having little success on Barty's.

"I'm ready and excited but I'm definitely nervous".

'I've seen her play a lot recently, too. I'm not really looking too ahead.

Up next, the in the pre-quarterfinal round, Federer will take on his prophesied fourth-round opponent, Matteo Berrettini who took more than four hours to dismiss Diego Schwartzman from the Wimbledon Championships 2019.

The 10th-ranked Fognini was trying to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time. There have been some tough times, that's for sure'.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal eased into the Wimbledon last 16 for the ninth time, and 45th time overall, on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman saved the first match point he faced while serving at 5-6, eventually forcing a tie-break.

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