Ash Barty has reached the third round at Wimbledon with a relatively straightforward 6-4, 6-3 win, despite having little idea about her opponent’s game.
The Australian world number one was up against world number 89 Anna Blinkova and admitted she did not know much, if anything about the Russian’s game heading into the match.
Barty was broken in the second game and had an uncharacteristically error-strewn start to the second-round clash, but rediscovered her form relatively quickly to close out the match in 90 minutes.
She did admit Blinkova being a relative unknown was a challenge and the match was closer than she might have liked.
“A few points here or there and it could’ve been a different story,” Barty said.
Barty finished the match with 33 unforced errors to Blinkova’s 21, but matched that number in winners, hitting 22 in the second set as she found her range.
Barty had her career-best result at SW19 when she last played there in 2019, reaching the fourth round, and said she was glad to be back on grass.
“I wish we could play the whole year on it. It’s been a long two years,” she said.
Barty’s next match is against 64th-ranked Czech Katerina Siniakova.
Earlier in the day, Australian James Duckworth took down former Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-7(4/7), 6-3, 6-2.
More to come.