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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday July 1, 2021

 
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Ashleigh Barty moved past Anna Blinkova, but is one of just four Top-10 seeds to pass through to round three.

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Ash Barty needed 91 minutes to notch a 6-4, 6-3 victory over World No.89 Anna Blinkova on Day 4, but other top seeds have not been so lucky in the first two rounds at Wimbledon.

Tennis Express

Six Top-10 seeds--No.3 Elina Svitolina, No.4 Sofia Kenin, No 5 Bianca Andreescu, No 6 Serena Williams, No 9 Belinda Bencic and No 10 Kvitova—have already fallen before the third round, and another Top-15 seed—Maria Sakkari—also fell on Day 4.

But Barty, the No.1 seed and World No.1 still stands even if she didn’t have her A game on Centre Court on Day 4.

Barty made 33 unforced errors, won just 40 percent of her second-serve points and was broken three times, but still managed to tackle the tough moments and ease past the World No.89 to improve her Wimbledon record to 7-4.

"A few things didn't feel quite right today," Barty told reporters. "That's half the battle in sport, is being able to find a way when it's not feeling all that great. I felt like when my back was against the wall today, I was able to bring the good stuff. It just wasn't quite there all the time. We have another opportunity to now go out on the practice court, work on it, try to bring some good stuff in the third round."

Making her fifth career appearance at SW19, Barty will take on Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic next.


Svitolina Stunned, Krejcikova Stays Hot

Earlier on Day 4, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Elina Svitolina fell to Poland’s Magda Linette. Linette cracked 28 winners against 15 unforced errors to notch her first completed Top-10 win, 6-3, 6-4.

Sakkari, seeded 15, fell to Shelby Rogers, 7-5, 6-4 in a match that was suspended due to darkness after a set on Thursday.

Other early winners on Day 4 on the women’s side were Barbora Krejcikova, who stretched her winning streak to 14 with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic. The 2021 Roland Garros champ will face Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in round three. Sevastova reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time with a three-set win over Marta Kostyuk.

 

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