Harriet Dart has been knocked out of the Australian Open in her second main draw appearance, losing to Iga Swiatek 6-3 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena.
Dart battled through Australian Open qualifying to reach the draw for the first time since 2020, but she was unable to find a way past the 2020 French Open champion who reeled off 11 games in a row .
Swiatek will play Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in the next round and explained why she got off to a slower start against Dart than hoped.
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"First rounds are always tricky and with the sun out on the other side it was pretty hard to serve," she said. "I told myself to be patient. I had this faith in myself that I would find a rhythm somehow.
"It is hard to achieve perfection and there is going to be mistakes like today at the beginning of the match. Normally I get really angry about that but now I'm focused on finding solutions and working on technical stuff."
The first set was tightly contested and Dart went a break up in the third game before impressively saving two break points to hold serve and go 3-1 up.
But Swiatek dug deep to fight back and reeled off the following five games to win the opening set in 42 minutes.
Swiatek carved out a break point in the opening game of the second set and she capitalised thanks to a wide forehand from Dart.
Momentum was firmly with the Pole and got herself two break points with a fine forehand down the line before securing the double break.
Dart at opportunities to break back at 4-0 and 5-0 down, but Swiatek held her serve as she secured the emphatic victory with a bagel.
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