Ash Barty Navigates Her Way Into Second Round Of Wimbledon
Ash Barty did a thing, yes she did at Wimbledon.
The 23-year-old Aussie world number one beat Chinese player Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-2 in less than 90 minutes.
Barty was coming into this match on the back of two straight tournament wins -- the French Open, and then the Birmingham Classic, in which she did not drop a set.
On showcourt number, one, the Australian got off to flyer in, going up 3-0 in the first set.
But Barty made hard work of the rest of the set, allowing Zheng to break back and bring the scores to 5-4.
But Barty rallied, and proved just why she is the world number one and held her nerve to take the first set out.
The second set went to plan for Barty, racing to a 4-1 lead. From there, it was an unassailable target for Zheng to push the match to a third.
Barty became more confident as the match went on, and didn't drop a serve in the second set to navigate her way to a 13th consecutive win.
The Australian will now play Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, ranked 54 in the world, in the second round on Thursday.
Van Uytvanck reached the fourth round at the All England last year beating 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza along the way and will present a tricky test for the in-form Barty.