Wimbledon 2021: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, the world’s number one player, created history today. She defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the women’s singles final to win the Wimbledon Tennis Grand Slam trophy. This is Barty’s second Grand Slam title.
Barty had earlier won the French Open trophy in 2019. She is the first Australian woman to win the trophy here after Ivonne Goolagong won the title at the All England Club in 1980.
Barty started playing cricket after leaving tennis
Barty said that he got a lot of inspiration from Goolagong. She wore the same dress at Wimbledon as Goolagong wore when she won the tournament for the first time in 1971. Barty, 25, had been the junior champion at Wimbledon a decade ago and then decided to stay away from the tennis tour for nearly two years in 2014 due to fatigue. He started playing professional cricket in his country and then finally decided to return to his game which was good.
Barty looked her best at the start of each set against eighth seed Pliskova. On the other hand, 29-year-old Ki Pliskova of the Czech Republic reached the Major final twice in this way, but was runner-up both times. She also lost in the final of the 2016 US Open.
Barty was hit hard at the end of the second set. She was leading 6-5 and serving, but her serve was broken on successive forehands and she lost the set to a double fault in the tiebreaker. In the third set, however, Barty took a 3-0 lead and continued in the same momentum.
This is the first Wimbledon women’s final since 2012 that resulted in three sets. Also, this is the first time since 1977 that both the finalists have managed to reach the title clash at the All England Club. Barty and Pliskova had previously failed to reach the fourth round in the grass court major.