Ashleigh Barty downs Karolina Pliskova to win maiden Wimbledon title


While this was Barty’s maiden title at the All England club, Barty also became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon for 41 years.

In a roller-coster match, Barty got off to a great start as she took a commanding lead, clinching the first set 6-3 against Pliskova. But the Australian player was made to wait for her maiden Wimbledon title, as Pliskova fought back to take the second set 7-6 (4), to take the Wimbledon final into the decider.

Pliskova fought back from a break down twice to win the second set, yet the 25-year-old Barty regrouped to become only the fourth junior Wimbledon champion to go on and win the women’s title.

The confident World No. 1 held onto her nerves as she took the final set 6-3 to lift her maiden Wimbledon title. Former World No. 1 Pliskova showed flashes of brilliance as she made Barty, who withdrew from the French Open last month with a hip injury, work until the end, but served it out, sealing victory when her opponent netted a backhand.

The Queenslander ended a wait for an Australian woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish that stretched back to 1980, when her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the title.

(With inputs from OPTA)

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