Australian Women Have A Winning Start At Wimbledon
It's been a winning day for the Australian women at The All England Club, with Ash Barty, Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur all progressing to the second round of Wimbledon.
What you need to know
- Ash Barty beat Swiss Stefanie Voegele 7-5 6-3
- Daria Gavrilova took out American Caroline Dolehide 6-2 6-3
- Samantha Stosur had a hard-fought win over China's Peng Shuai 6-4 7-5
Women's big guns Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur have given Australia a flying start to Wimbledon with confident straight-set wins at The All England Club.
Barty lived up to her 17th seeding with a 7-5 6-3 dispatch of Swiss Stefanie Voegele, while Gavrilova and Stosur will clash in the second round after posting equally dominant victories on day two of the championships.
Gavrilova needed little more than an hour to see off American lucky loser Caroline Dolehide 6-2 6-3, with Stosur completing the Aussie hat-trick with a 6-4 7-5 defeat of China's Peng Shuai.
A Wimbledon junior champion seven years ago, Barty had to overcome first-round butterflies to finally break her main-draw duck on London's hallowed lawns.
Barty had taken care of Voegele comfortably in straight sets en route to the title in Nottingham only two weeks ago.
But the world No.93 threatened to make life difficult for Barty as the errors flowed from the Australian No.1's end.
Barty dropped her opening service game of the match on a double-fault, hit straight back to level at 1-1 only to falter again in the seventh game and fall 5-3 behind.
The 17th seed held her nerve, though, to reel off eight consecutive games to snatch the set and then race to a 4-0 lead in the second.
It was all over after 77 minutes as Barty rammed down her seventh ace to book a second-round meeting with either former finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who qualified this year, or British wildcard Gabriella Taylor.
Seeded 26th, Gavrilova had been slated to play good friend Zarina Diyas, only for the Kazakh to withdraw injured on match eve.
Gavrilova had conceded it would have been "tricky" facing Diyas and looked to enjoy the change of opponent.
She broke the teenage world No.109 in the opening game of the match and then again in the fifth game to storm through the first set.
There was no let-up in the second set, with Gavrilova putting away 19-year-old Dolehide in 67 minutes to book a fourth showdown this season with Stosur.
Rivals from way back, Stosur and Peng were clashing for the first time on grass.
Despite it being Stosur's least successful surface, the former US Open champion gained early control and a 4-2 lead before dropping serve to allow Peng back in the set.
Stosur regrouped with a run of eight straight points to claim the opening set and gain another break in the second.
The veteran suffered a hiccup but cashed in on successive double-faults from Peng to claim another decisive break for a 6-5 lead.
Stosur made no mistake closing out the contest after one hour, 22 minutes.