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Wimbledon joy for Barty, Gavrilova, Stosur

By AAP Newswire

Women's big guns Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur have given Australia a flying start to Wimbledon with confident straight-set wins at The All England Club.

Barty lived up to her 17th seeding with a 7-5 6-3 dispatch of Swiss Stefanie Voegele, while Gavrilova and Stosur will clash in the second round after posting equally dominant victories on day two of the championships.

Gavrilova needed little more than an hour to see off American lucky loser Caroline Dolehide 6-2 6-3, with Stosur completing the Aussie hat-trick with a 6-4 7-5 defeat of China's Peng Shuai.

"It's really exciting," Gavrilova said.

"We were all warming up and we're sharing a fitness trainer this week - and a physio - and we were all like, 'OK, let's get three out of three'. And we did, so it's pretty cool."

A Wimbledon junior champion seven years ago, Barty had to overcome first-round gusting winds and butterflies to finally break her main-draw duck on London's hallowed lawns.

She'd taken care of Voegele comfortably in straight sets en route to the title in Nottingham two weeks ago.

But the world No.93 threatened to make life difficult as the errors flowed from Barty's end early.

The Aussie No.1 dropped her opening service game on a double-fault, hit straight back to level at 1-1 only to falter again in the seventh game and fall 5-3 behind.

The 17th seed held her nerve, though, to reel off eight consecutive games to snatch the set and then race to a 4-0 lead in the second.

It was all over after 77 minutes as Barty rammed down her seventh ace to book a second-round meeting with either former finalist Eugenie Bouchard, a qualifier this year, or British wildcard Gabriella Taylor.

Seeded 26th, Gavrilova had been slated to play good friend Zarina Diyas, only for the Kazakh to withdraw injured on match eve.

Gavrilova said it would have been "tricky" facing Diyas and enjoyed the change of opponent.

She broke the teenaged world No.109 in the opening game of the match and then again in the fifth game to storm through the first set.

There was no let-up in the second set, with Gavrilova putting away 19-year-old Dolehide in 67 minutes to book a fourth showdown this season with Stosur.

Rivals from way back, Stosur and Peng were clashing for the first time on grass.

Despite it being Stosur's least successful surface, the former US Open champion gained early control and a 4-2.

Stosur regrouped after dropping serve at 4-3 to claim the opening set and gain another break in the second.

The veteran suffered a hiccup but cashed in on successive double-faults from Peng to claim another decisive break for a 6-5 lead.

Stosur made no mistake closing out the contest after one hour, 22 minutes.