‘Incredible little girl’ driving Barty’s Wimbledon run
Fresh off ruthless dismantling of her second round opponent, Australian world No.1 Ash Barty revealed the inspiration behind her blistering start to Wimbledon.
On the cusp of a career-best Wimbledon showing after steaming into the third round, Barty will face world No.170 Dart to reach the second week here for the first time.
Posting her 14th consecutive victory, Barty made light work of Alison van Uytvanck, destroying the dangerous Belgian 6-1 6-3 in only 55 minutes.
Wild card entrant Dart overcame Brazilian lucky loser Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-1.
Grilled by British media about facing Dart, Barty played a dead bat.
"I wouldn't be playing a British crowd, I'm playing against Harriet," Barty said.
"Yes, she'll get more support being in Britain, as I would if we were in Australia. It's no different.
"There's an element of danger against everyone you play.
"You have to make sure you know exactly how you want to play the match.
"I haven't played with her before, haven't hit with her. Obviously a little bit new for both of us.
"I'll make sure that we're prepared as best we can, we have a game plan, try to go out there and execute."
Barty revealed part of the inspiration for sustained success comes from her three-year-old niece Lucy.
"It's even nice when I call back home a lot of the time. I chat to my niece," she said.
"Over and over she tells me you can go to infinity and beyond. She's an incredible little girl who gives me so much inspiration.
"It's been a very nice journey for myself, my team, my family, everyone. To be where we are now is really special."
Barty's victory over van Uytvanck was typically neat, featuring 14 winners, only seven unforced errors and no double faults.
The world No 1 has only once previously reached the corresponding stage at the All England Club and now has a golden chance to reach the fourth round.
Barty's best is typified by fast starts and the ability to dictate rallies from the baseline and she did precisely that as she raced to a 5-0 start.
Producing virtually every shot in the book, the Queenslander kept van Uytvanck at bay with devastating winners, including lobs and volleys.
Untroubled on serve, Barty controlled the contest impressively to secure the first set, armed with two service breaks, in just 25 minutes.
Maintaining strong impetus into the second set, Barty drew another break in the third game as van Uytvanck made four unforced errors as pressure continued to build.
The Belgian's desperation was evident as she started to serve-volley - and provided Barty with little more than target practice.
Barty rolled to 5-1 after claiming another break and served for the match at 5-2, only to stumble for the first time in the contest.
The unflappable Australian responded immediately, clinching the contest with a backhand overhead winner.