For the first time in three years, Australia will have two women in the third round of Wimbledon after Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova won in straight sets.
It is also the first time Barty or Gavrilova have qualified for the third round at the All England in their Grand Slam career.
It was an Aussie affair for Gavrilova as she defeated Sam Stosur 6-4 6-1 before Barty got the better of Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 7-5.
Gavrilova started to control the game midway through the first set and at 3-3 she won eight of the next nine games to build an insurmountable 6-4 5-0 lead.
“It feels pretty good (to reach this stage), especially with the way I’ve been playing and not having drama matches,” Gavrilova told Tennis Australia.
“I’m happy with the way I came in today and with the way I’ve been hitting my volleys so yeah, pretty excited,” she said.
After winning the opening set, Barty trailed 5-2 in the second before she was able to win five straight games sealing the game.
Round 🎾🎾🎾 pic.twitter.com/GVZSsm09rC— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) July 5, 2018
It was the 22-year-olds 12th victory on the surface which is the best record of any female player this year.
“I’ve sort of learned much better the past 18 months to play with more freedom in every match regardless of if it’s a first-round match or a final, and just try to play the way that I want to play," Barty said.
"I know if I do that and play to my ability that there are a lot of girls out there that I can beat.
“So (I’m) excited to be getting towards the business end, but we’re only a couple of matches in,” she said.
Gavrilova now faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who stunned world number eight Petra Kvitova in round one while Barty is up against 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.