Top seed Ashleigh Barty had no trouble reaching the third round of Wimbledon 2019, as she spent only about 55 minutes to beat Belgian world No.58 Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1 6-3 on Court No.2 on Thursday.
Playing her first tournament as the world No.1, Barty faced just one break point in the short second-round encounter, when serving for the match at 5-2 in the second set. Even though the Australian dropped that serve, she conquered the 25-year-old Van Uytvanck in the following game, sealing match point with a backhand volley winner.
Next up for Barty is British No.3 Harriet Dart, who took out Beatriz Haddad Maia, the first-round conqueror of former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. By the way, Dart is involved in a bit of mixed doubles controversy, as her partner Jay Clarke dumped her at the last moment, lured by the invitation to play with 15-year-old phenomenon Coco Gauff. The 22-year-old Dart is now left hanging:
Essentially, due to the timing, I wasn’t able to find another partner in the time period available. I did ask a number of people, but a lot of them were set up and that’s it. I think you should ask Jay about his reasons, that’s all I want to say.