Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Barty, Serena Cruise into Wimbledon Last 16

Barty, Serena Cruise into Wimbledon Last 16

The world No1 Ashleigh Barty opened a hot Saturday programme on Centre Court, perhaps surprisingly playing there for the first time after sojourns on Courts 1 and 2.

"Really, I just need to go about it, be really simple, make up my mind, pick my spot, hit it, and try and bring a very simple mindset and have this real clarity around how I want to play, but also knowing I have the ability to adapt and play a different shot if I need to".

"Incredible it is a first for me (to be in the last 16), new territory for me".

"This is my second Wimbledon". "Every match, I'm hoping to improve tons".

"It's such a buzz going around about me and Andy now, that I've got nervous".

"I played a solid match".

Yet for Barty, who says her three-year-old niece has been imploring her to aim for "infinity and beyond", reaching the top is viewed as a stepping stone rather than an end destination.

In only the second meeting between the players, former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Pouille did not cave in, taking the third set to a tie-break after saving a match point with an ace.

Australia's world No.1 continued her twin title assault with a resounding third-round singles win over British wildcard Harriet Dart before partnering Victoria Azarenka with a second-round doubles victory over Rebecca Peterson and Timara Zidansek.

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Federer played a loose service game to suffer a break, recovering immediately and clinching the second set with another break in game eight for a massive advantage after only an hour and 15 minutes.

Barty, though, held her nerve and saved all of them to win the game before breaking Dart in the following game to take the match after just 53 minutes on Centre Court.

She arrived at April this year at a ranking of 46 after a couple of lean seasons, but a confidence boosting performance by the GB team in the Fed Cup in London worked wonders. It's just a usual match win for Roger Federer as he considered the amateur tour legends did not have much access to participate in the major tournament and hence the couldn't reach the peak which he grasped a few moments ago.

The 33-year-old Czech is a known danger on grass.

"I wouldn't be playing a British crowd, I'm playing against Harriet".

Eight-time Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer conceded his 350th win at Grand Slams, with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over the 27th seed, Lukas Pouille in the third round of the Wimbledon Championships 2019.

"And her mind. I was awful at 15".

On the men's side, Kei Nishikori equalled Ai Sugiyama's record of four appearances in the last 16 of Wimbledon by a Japanese player as he dismissed American journeyman Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

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