Aussie tennis players are enjoying the early stages of Wimbledon, with six through on Day 2.
On the women’s side, Ash Barty defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 7 – 5, 6 – 3 to win for the first time in a main-draw match at the All England Tennis Club since she was a junior champion seven years ago.
“Regardless of whether it’s a first round or a final, I’m out there to try and win a match and it was certainly nice to give myself a chance in the second round here at Wimbledon,” Barty, the 17th seed, said to reporters after the match. “I love these courts so it’s nice to get my teeth stuck into the tournament a little bit.”
Daria Gavrilova, Sam Stousr, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios also moved on. Matt Ebden, perhaps a little too confident ahead of the start, nonetheless took a big scalp and sent 10th seed David Goffin to the exits.
Ebden, carrying the number 51 world ranking, disposed of Goffin in straight sets, 6 – 4, 6 – 3, 6 – 4.
He is 30 years of age and is enjoying his best results of late, playing with an efficiency that belied his past struggles in the Grand Slams, were he has still to move beyond the second round.
“Of course I believed I could win, expected to win, did win,” Ebden said after breaking Goffin once in each set.
Barty’s win did not come quite so easily. She was down 5 – 3 in the first set when she woke up and won eight games in a row agasint a player that should have given her no trouble.
“Really tricky conditions. Obviously first rounds are always tough as well and Stefi came out with a bit of a different game plan to what she did a few weeks ago,” Barty said.
Tricky conditions, indeed. It has been sunny in England and sales to the Brits of SPF 500 were brisk.