Barty is the first Australian to win the women’s Wimbledon title since 1980
Saturday July 10, 2021
Barty’s party has started.
No.1 Ashleigh Barty beat Karolina Pliskova in straight sets on Saturday, becoming the first Australian to win Wimbledon since 1980. Her victory came 50 years after Barty’s idol, Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley, won her first title at Wimbledon.
“It took a long time for me to verbalize the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it,” Barty, 25, said of his Wimbledon hopes. “Being able to live my dream right now, with everyone here, made it better than I could have imagined.
“I didn’t get much sleep last night,” Barty said at the crowded All England Club stadium after the game. “I was thinking about all the assumptions. But I think when I went out on that pitch, I felt at home, in a way.”
Before the final, Barty was the favorite to win – and the opening minutes of the match made a Barty Championship seem inevitable. In just 11 minutes, she already held a 4-0 lead over 29-year-old Pliskova, who struggled to show off the prowess that carried her to the final.
Although Pliskova managed to win three games in the first set, Barty looked set for a quick victory. But in the second set, Pliskova – the former world No.1 – found her place. The massive serve of the 6’1 “Czech, who was absent at the start, began to show in. Pliskova won a tiebreaker to carry the second set 7-6.
The next set would determine if Barty could bring the women’s trophy back to Australia for the first time since Goolagong Cawley. “Just keep fighting,” Barty thought to himself. “I was really proud of myself that I was able to reset myself and keep going.”
Barty won the third set 6-3.
“I hope I made Evonne proud,” Barty told the crowd, who responded with enthusiastic applause.
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