Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has won Wimbledon for the first time in her career. The number 1 in the world was too strong in the final with 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 for the Czech Karolina Pliskova, the global number 13. For the 25-year-old Barty, who in the second set with 3 -1 and served for a tournament win at 6-5, it is the second grand slam title. Two years ago she was the best at Roland Garros. The Australian had never made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Barty started the match energetically, while Pliskova looked very uncomfortable in the initial phase. In the first three games, Pliskova did not take a single point and she also had to leave the fourth game to Barty. A one-sided final seemed in the making. Barty took a break in the second set, but Pliskova won three games in a row after trailing 3-1. Barty was allowed to serve for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but it still ended in a tiebreak. In it, the Czech showed her best tennis. In the deciding set, Barty again ran out to 3-0, and then she didn’t let Pliskova come back again. After an hour and 56 minutes she used her first match point; Pliskova hit a backhand into the net. In the last game, Pliskova got another breakpoint.
The previous Wimbledon winner was Romanian Simona Halep, who won the 2019 edition and was missing this year due to a calf injury. The Australian follows in the footsteps of her compatriot Evonne Goolagong, who won her first Wimbledon title 50 years ago and was also the strongest in London in 1980. Pliskova (29) was in a grand slam final for the second time. In 2016 she also lost the final battle at the US Open. (ANP)