In a closely contested match, Parry, ranked 96th in the world, rallied from behind to secure a hard-fought victory over the home player with a scoreline of 6-7 (4-7) 6-0 6-4.
Harriet Dart ranked 14 places below her opponent, has now experienced three consecutive first-round exits at the Grand Slam.
Other British players, including Jodie Burrage, Katie Swan, Dan Evans, Jan Choinski, and Liam Broady, also competed on the opening day of the tournament in the respective men’s and women’s draws.
The crowd on Court 12 eagerly anticipated Dart’s performance, as she had displayed promising form leading up to the event with quarter-final appearances in Nottingham and Birmingham.
Although Dart initially struggled, falling behind by a double break, she found her rhythm and ignited the partisan crowd with a powerful forehand winner on break point.
Building on the energy from the crowd, Dart showcased her resilience, securing another break and leveling the set at 5-5 with a remarkable cross-court backhand.
Dart’s determination shone through as she overcame a deficit in the tie-break, ultimately clinching an impressive first-set victory.
The blustery conditions in the second set posed challenges for both players, resulting in Dart’s shots occasionally going wide.
Frustration mounted for Dart in the second set as she fell behind 3-0, expressing her discontent towards her family and coaches in the crowd.
Despite her efforts to regroup, Dart failed to win a game in the set and struggled with her serve.
In the deciding set, Dart showed glimpses of a potential comeback with an early break.
However, Parry, who reached the third round at Wimbledon last year, took control of the match.
Although Dart managed to save one match point, her hopes of advancing were dashed when she hit a backhand wide, leading to her exasperation as she smashed her racket into the grass.
This marked Dart’s fifth appearance at SW19, with her best result being a third-round appearance in 2019.
Despite her solid preparations on grass, she will undoubtedly view this as a missed opportunity.
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