Red Arrows and brutal Ashleigh Barty end Harriet Dart’s Wimbledon run as top seed wins in 53 minutes on Centre Court – The Sun
THE RED ARROWS and Ashleigh Party rushed Harriet Dart out of Wimbledon at supersonic speed.
The Darty-Barty-Party fell flat as the world No1 dished out a lesson to her British opponent, winning 6-1 6-1 in the second shortest match of the tournament.
But the Aussie had a helping hand from the famous aerial display team.
The planes were scheduled to fly over the All England Club as part of the tournament’s Armed Services Day.
But their timing could not have been worse.
The score was deuce on the Dart serve in the second game and the Brit had already faulted with her first effort.
Just as she was tossing the ball up for her second serve, the Red Arrows swept over Centre Court and the crowd cheered.
But Dart was not happy because she completed a double fault to give Barty break point and the Aussie converted it when he opponent put a backhand into the net.
The top seed didn’t look back and raced into a 5-0 lead.
But Dart at least managed to avoid a repeat of the Grand Slam humiliation she had suffered earlier this year.
In the first round of the Australian Open, she had lost 6-0 6-0 to her childhood idol Maria Sharapova in the Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne’s equivalent of Centre Court.
The loud cheers and applause when Dart got on the board at 5-1 showed the relief of the Centre Court crowd that one of their own had avoided the dreaded bagel.
Barty still managed to wrap up the first set in 25 minutes, though, and was romping through the second until Dart held serve to make it 4-1.
The Brit had nothing to lose and in the next game fashioned a 0-40 lead.
But she could not convert any of those three break points, or the fourth that she earned, and the Aussie shut down the little rebellion.
Barty took the Dart serve one last time to complete her crushing victory, the second-shortest match of the tournament so far.
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