World number one Ashleigh Barty has qualified for the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday. The 25-year-old Australian did that by beating the Russian Anna Blinkova (WTA-89) 6-4 and 6-3 in an hour and a half. The second round has become the final station for the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (WTA 5) and the Greek Maria Sakkari (WTA 18) at Wimbledon.
For a place in the eighth finals, Barty will face Czech doubles specialist Katerina Siniakova (WTA-64). He eliminated the American CoCo Vandeweghe (WTA-163) with 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.
Barty already won Roland-Garros (2019) and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open (2020), but at Wimbledon she never made it past the fourth round, just like at the US Open. “Hopefully that will work now,” she said after her win. In the first set, Barty struggled to maintain her serve. She was broken twice, but each time she made up for the damage she had suffered. “Anna was a tough opponent, but I feel good and I did what I had to do. And I’m happy to be able to play on grass, that was a while ago.” After she had to give up in the second round of Roland-Garros with a hip injury, she was unable to play a preparatory tournament on grass.
Svitolina, who was still too strong for our compatriot Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 57) in the first round, lost after one hour and five minutes of tennis in two sets (6-3 and 6-4) to the Polish Magda Linette (WTA 44). ). The Ukrainian was still semi-finalist in 2019, at the last edition of Wimbledon.
Sakkari, who was still a semifinalist at Roland Garros last month, had to give in to American Shelby Rogers (WTA 46) after one hour and 48 minutes of tennis in two sets (7-5 and 6-4).
In the third round, Linette meets the Spanish Paula Badosa (WTA 33), Rogers meets the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (WTA 20).