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Wimbledon | Dart makes it into round three

Wimbledon | Dart makes it into round three

It’s Darty v Barty! Harriet Dart will face world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in a bid to reach the second week of Wimbledon – and the world No.1 admitted the Brit is a “danger”.

I haven't played with her before, haven't hit with her. Obviously a little bit new for both of us Ashleigh Barty

Dart beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 3-6 6-1 in an unseeded showdown to better last year’s debut performance and reach the third round.

It took her 2hr.24min to see off Haddad Maia and Barty had long since departed the arena to rest up after seeing off Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium for the loss of just four games in just 65 minutes.

Dart will face the 23-year-old Australian on Saturday.

Barty, whose grandparents are English, said: “There’s an element of danger against everyone you play. You have to make sure you know exactly how you want to play the match.

“I haven’t played with her before, haven’t hit with her. Obviously a little bit new for both of us. I’ll make sure that we’re prepared as best we can, we have a game plan, try to go out there and execute. Grandma and Grandpa came to Australia a few years ago now. “

The home wild card battled through the opening set against Haddad Maia but wobbled in the second as she was  broken in the seventh game and her Brazilian opponent, seeded 61 spots ahead of her at 121 in the world rankings, levelled the match.

But the 22-year-old Brit refused to let her shoulder slump and with a straight back came back to break Haddad Maia in the third game of the deciding set.

The Brazilian took a timeout for an injury and seemed jaded as Dart kept her composure and focus to roar home beneath the deafening noise of jet engines in the sky out of Heathrow.

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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