Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ash Barty Navigates Her Way Into Second Round Of Wimbledon

Ash Barty Navigates Her Way Into Second Round Of Wimbledon

"It took some time to adjust to conditions and a different court", said Barty.

"It will be an exceptional challenge and it will be important for me to be strong on my serve", she said. In fact if it was genuine it's actually worse.

World number one Ashleigh Barty eased into the second round courtesy of a 6-4 6-2 victory over Saisai Zheng.

The surprising move from the All England Club came on the back of the Seven Network's controversial decision to leave coverage of the top seed's first-round match against China's Zheng Saisai and focus on the all-Australian battle between Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson on Tuesday.

I thought Serena Williams' reaction to Ash Barty becoming world No.1 last week was an absolute disgrace.

From there, it was an unassailable target for Zheng to push the match to a third.

The extent to which her game had plummeted from the heights of her two Grand Slam title successes at the US and Australian Opens was laid bare when she exited Wimbledon meekly in the first round on Monday.

Kyrgios also believes Australia has the right to watch Barty ahead of him and said the 23-year-old deserved to have the whole nation behind her.

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"We've got Ash Barty, the number one player in the world relegated to Court Two".

Barty plays tricky Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, who knocked out then defending champion Garbine Muguruza previous year in the second round, for a place in the last 32.

Instead, she'll be playing on Court No. 2 while local British hopes and Kyrgios strut their stuff on Centre Court.

Federer will play British young gun Jay Clarke in the second match on Court 1 before Williams plays Slovenia's Kaja Juvan.

Addressing the contentious decision, a Wimbledon spokesperson said: "As always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation".

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.

"It feels incredible. It is a little freaky [to be number one], but this sacred turf we get to play on, you have to enjoy every minute of it". I'm happy that she's got all the support.

Ex-US Open champion Sloane Stephens won her first match at the All England Club since 2016, beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2 6-4 on Court 2.

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