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Ashleigh Barty breezes through Wimbledon opener with straight sets win

London: Ashleigh Barty has successfully negotiated her debut match as world No.1 with a straight sets victory over China's Zheng Saisai to book her spot in the second round of Wimbledon.

With her new status as the top player in the women's game – the first Australian to do so since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 – Barty opened proceedings on the new-look No.1 showcourt on Tuesday.

Ashleigh Barty returns to China's Saisai Zheng in their Women's singles match.

Ashleigh Barty returns to China's Saisai Zheng in their Women's singles match.Credit:AP

She was made to work at times for her 6-4 6-2 win against the world No.33, particularly in the opening set, but closed out the win in efficient manner in just under 90 minutes.

It was the French Open champion's 13th successive victory and her 37th of what has become a stellar year for the 23-year-old Queenslander.

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