Barty was not at his best, serving multiple double faults, and consistently making casual mistakes against a 22-year-old opponent who was far from overwhelmed by being on center court or Barty’s top spot.

Ashleigh Barty in action at Wimbledon. AP

Australia’s number one in the world, Ashleigh Barty, fought his way into the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday and defeated the brave Russian opponent Anna Blinkova 6: 4, 6: 3 in 90 minutes.

Barty was not at his best, served multiple double faults and regularly made casual mistakes against a 22-year-old opponent who was far from overwhelmed by being on center court or Barty’s top spot.

Barty, who this year with injuries on right arm and left hip finally prevailed and broke Blinkova’s serve to win the game.

The Australian, who never made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon, will play against Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic .

The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina can see her compatriots in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 against England on Saturday when the third seed fell from Wimbledon on Thursday.

The 26-year-old – a Wimbledon semi-finalist in Year 2019 – lost 6: 3, 6: 4 to Poland’s Magda Linette in their second round match.

Svitolina said on Wednesday that the soccer team would “die on the field” against England, but even with this fighting spirit she couldn’t do much against her Polish opponent.

Linette moves into the third round for the second time in a row and plays against the Spaniard Paula Badosa from Wimbledon for a place in the round of 16.

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The 30-year-old Canadian missed the French Open this year and had not played since the Masters 1000 in Miami in March

The 39-year-old Williams won four gold medals at the past summer games for the United States: both singles and doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London – where the tennis competition was held at the All England Club – and doubles at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing.

Barty prevailed 6-1, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1 against Carla Suarez Navarro in a game full of emotion on center court, the roof of which ensured the game could be ended.

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