Ashleigh Barty shines in London as Wimbledon’s latest women’s champion
The world’s No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon this weekend.
Updated: July 10, 2021 • 11:30 AM ET
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At times, Ashleigh Barty made it look easy like Sunday morning in the women’s Wimbledon final. Barty, however, did it on a Saturday.
Already a former major champion from her victory at the 2019 French Open, Barty hoisted a Grand Slam trophy for the second time on Saturday by winning her first Wimbledon title over former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova. When Pliskova’s final return sailed into the net, Barty crouched on the court and let her emotions flow before climbing into the stands to celebrate with her team.
Barty’s 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 victory over Pliskova in the Wimbledon final showed exactly why she’s the current No. 1 ranked player in the world, as she consistently laced forehands and backhands by Pliskova with little hope to return. The 5-foot-5 dynamo's court movement seemed effortless, and her face presented the accustomed stoic look throughout.
It’s likely a dream for Barty to win the Australian Open in her home country, but settling for a Wimbledon title in her first final at the major isn’t too shabby. The 25-year-old Barty seems like she’s only getting started winning majors, and Wimbledon’s No. 1 seed in the women’s draw has gained momentum heading into fall’s U.S. Open.
Barty undoubtedly faced pressure and adversity in the match, as she lost the second set in a tiebreak. But the Australian showed poise and perseverance in the third set, refusing to let the 29-year-old Pliskova win her first major.
Prior to the final against Pliskova, Barty tore through the women’s draw. Her closest match came in the first round, needing three sets (6-1, 6-7, 6-1) to get through Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. Following that first-round clash, however, Barty won her next five matches in straight sets en route to the final against the Czech sensation.
Meanwhile, Pliskova breezed through her first five matches in straight sets at the All England Club and set herself up for a showdown with No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Centre Court in the semi-final. After losing the first set 7-5 to Sabalenka, Pliskova rallied to win the final two sets 6-4, 6-4 to reach her second career Grand Slam final, her first appearance coming at the 2016 U.S. Open. Yet, Pliskova lost that 2016 U.S. Open final in three tough sets to Angelique Kerber, and she came up on the short end again on Saturday.
With stars like Serena Williams still seeking history, Coco Gauff attempting to become tennis’ next superstar and Naomi Osaka consistently showing dominance, the WTA is as vibrant as ever. For now, though, Barty is at the top of the heap.
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