October 16, 2021

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Ashley Barty wins Wimbledon

Ashley Barty wins Wimbledon

(Wimbledon) Australia’s Ashley Barty won the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Open 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 over Czech Carolina Pliskova on Saturday afternoon.




Barty, 25, won her second title at the Grand Slam tournament after winning the French Open in 2019.

Photo by Kirsty Wiglesworth, Associated Press

Ashley Barty and her trophy

After the decisive point, the backhand result made by Pliskova in the middle of the net, Barty, visually moved and bent near the baseline while covering her face. After she embraced her opponent, she repeated the gesture near the net.

Photo by Glyn Kirk, France-Press Agency

Ashley Barty

Similarly, after winning the same compound in the men’s singles final in 1987, Barty walked to the lodge, where his teammates sat, as the native Pat Cash – an action unheard of at the time – had become commonplace.

In an on-court interview after the game, Barty made the audience laugh when asked by the interviewer to explain the decisive point.

“I don’t remember! She said abusing herself.

However, Barty was able to describe the emotions she felt at the end of the match.

“It took me a long time to put into words the fact that I had a dream in me and that I wanted to win this wonderful tournament. If I could live that dream together with everyone now, it would be more enjoyable than I ever imagined,” she said first.

“I didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about all the scenes,” Barty added. But when I came to court, I felt at home in a way. ”

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In 1980, Barty became the first Australian after Yvonne Gulagong, who raised the Women’s Singles Memorial Plateau at Wimbledon. Exactly 50 years ago Gulagong won this tournament.

Emotions were evident in Barty when asked to talk about Gulagong.

“She is very important to me. I believe I made her proud of me, ”Tremolos said in her voice.

Six breaks

The duel pitted two players who have lost only one innings so far in the tournament. Barty gave the tiebreaker a second set against Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round. As for Pliskova, she lost the first set to Arina Sabalenka in the semifinals.

Pliskova, who dominated her service for two weeks of the tournament, saw Barty take six breaks at her expense on Saturday, with only four of her previous six opponents conceding.

Eighth seed Pliskova appeared for the second time in the final of the Grand Slam tournament. In 2016, she lost in straight sets to Angelique Kerber at the US Open.

Photo by Adrian Dennis, France-Press Agency

Carolina Pliskova waves to the audience after receiving her trophy.

“Thank you all for being here,” Pliskova said after receiving a huge applause from the audience when he came to the microphone on the edge of the court.

“I enjoyed every minute I spent in court today … sorry,” she continued before stopping, suffering from the emotions that overwhelmed her.

“I never cry. Never. And now… ”, before she recovered and paid tribute to her opponent.

“Aish is an incredible tournament, an incredible game today. Completing the second set was not so easy. I had to fight hard to make it harder for him. But I think she played well. Congratulations.”

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One-way start

The start of the match was not very good for the spectators in the center court stands and even less for Pliskova. The 29-year-old Czech conceded the first 14 points of the match and as a result, in the first four games, including the fourth game after a double error.

Pliskova, who dropped Barty Serve in the fifth game and finished seventh again, finally came on board. However, between the two, it was time to give Australia a third break in several attempts.

Barty took control of the second set with another break in the third game, with the Czech recovering after three games.

Pliskova seemed to regain his rhythm on his serve until Australia scored five points in a row in the 11th.E As she took a 40-0 lead, Barty had another break and a 6-5 lead.

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Carolina Pliskova

However, Barty did not get a chance to end the duel, gradually suffering a break, which led to a tie-breaker.

Pliskova won the tiebreaker 7-4, assisted by back-to-back mini-breakers in the sixth and seventh points.

However, as she had done in the previous two sets, Barty quickly controlled the decisive set by breaking Pliskova’s serve in the second game.

This time, Barty was able to save his serve until the end, but without saving a break point in the final game.

“I keep fighting,” Barty said in his on-court interview, referring to his state of mind before the decision-making set began.

“Caro is an incredible competitor. She is the best for me today. This is an exceptional game from the beginning. I knew I had to play to the best of my ability. I was so proud of myself, I was able to pull myself together and move forward. ”

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