Dart was on court for longer than Birrell and won more points, yet it's much more of a philosophical angle on the Kerber-Birrell thread.
There have been several matches where the loser won fewer points than Dart, and / or spent less time on court, but may have got a few games. This was not a uniquely terrible performance, though it was admittedly a disappointing one.
I don't really want to wade in on threads about other one-sided matches, as I don't think the losers of those deserve the shit either, they are all doing their best. It'll soon be forgotten, with any luck. She ought to look on this tournament with some satisfaction, with career firsts in both singles and doubles.
I don't think anyone has hyped Harriet at all, in fact I think many of us have been somewhat surprised by her ongoing improvements over the past year. She wasn't a clearly talented junior of whom we had great expectations.
I think she's working hard to get the most out of herself, and with any luck, it'll pay off. I'm not expecting her to be a top player, but anyone who can play at anything approaching main tour level is a rare bird in British tennis, and Harriet is obviously getting close, regardless of her loss to Sharapova.
I guess she's having to think hard about her schedule. She's rising pretty fast, and new opportunities will be opening. It'll be a bit of a gamble about what's most useful between big ITFs and tour qualies. I get the feeling she'd rather go for the qualies when they fit into her schedule, but Fed Cup complicates matters.