Royal inspiration for Harriet Dart as she claims maiden win at Wimbledon

Harriet Dart

Wildcard Harriet Dart enjoyed some royal support en route to her maiden victory at Wimbledon as she claimed a three-set win over Christina McHale.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, broke with tradition and decided to watch Dart and McHale on the outside court and it seemed to inspire the British player.

World No 182 Dart, who was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Maria Sharapova in the first round at the Australian Open at the start of the year, made it a day to remember on Court 14 as she beat the American for her first-ever main draw win in a Grand Slam.

It was far from easy as had to come from a set down to beat McHale 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

She will face either former champion Garbine Muguruza or Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

McHale’s compatriot Sloane Stephens made light work of Timea Bacsinsky as the ninth seed beat the Swiss 6-2, 6-4 while 21st seed Elise Mertens brushed aside Fiona Ferro 6-2, 6-0.

Barbora Strycova sent 32nd seed Lesia Tsurenko packing with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

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