Ashleigh Barty won her match in the second round of Wimbledon in straight sets.© AFP
Ashleigh Barty’s bid to win the singles Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow Australian native Yvonne Gulagong Cowley remained on track on Thursday. However, Barty delivered a far-from-perfect performance in her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Russia’s Anna Plinkova as she advanced to a third-round meeting with Czech Katerina Siniakova. “She pushed me incredibly hard,” Barty said. “A few points here and there could be a different story.”
Barty is scheduled to meet this year’s French Open champion Barbora Krezhikova in the round of 16.
Krichkova beat German veteran Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-4.
Barty is popular in Center Court but nothing compared to Coco Gauff for her 15-year-old feats in 2019 to reach the Round of 16 as a qualifier.
‘Coco Mania’ didn’t wan on center court despite a two-year hiatus and the 17-year-old didn’t let the crowd down with a 6-4 6-3 win over semi-finalist Elena Vesnina.
“I feel like I’ve changed and grown so much,” Goff said.
“Two years ago not many people knew my name at least before I beat Venus and now I (Wimbledon) feel like my home.”
Fewer seeders will stand in Barty’s way as she looks to add her first singles title to her 2011 Wimbledon Junior Championships victory.
Third seed Elina Svitolina, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals two years ago, said she needed to rest after losing 6-3 6-4 to Poland’s Magda Linnet.
“I think mentally today I wasn’t in really good shape,” Svitolina said.
French Open semi-finalist Maria Scarry, seeded 15th of Greece, lost to Shelby Rogers of the United States 7-5, 6-4.
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