Ashleigh Barty from Australia has won her second Grand Slam title in Wimbledon. The number one in the world, who won Roland Garros in 2019, defeated the Czech Karolína Plísková in a beautiful final 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
Barty succeeds Romanian Simona Halep. Simona Halep won the 2019 edition. Simona was the strongest, but she was also missing this year because of a calf injury. The corona epidemic meant that there was no London play in 2020.
Barty, now 25, is following in the footsteps Evonne, her great example and source for inspiration, who won her first title at the London grass just fifty years ago. She was also the last Australian winner of the London grass in 1980. Goolagong, like Barty comes from an Aboriginal family.
The four years older Plísková, thirteenth in the world ranking but placed eighth at Wimbledon, was in a grand slam for the second time. In 2016, Pliskova had to give up the title to Angelique Kerber of Germany at the US Open. Until this year at Wimbledon, both Barty and Plísková had never progressed beyond the eighth finals.
Fourteen points in succession
Barty won the first fourteen points right from the start of the final battle. The nervous-looking Plísková, who had broken only four times until the final and had hit the most aces (54), took her first point in the fourth game, but could not prevent the Australian from coming to 4-0.
With a break for love, the Czech hit the court again. She promptly gave her service back again and a turnaround in set did not happen.
Plísková kept her first save game in the second set. Things went wrong with Pliskova’s usually compelling service, and she lost her first save game in the second set. But she didn’t give in, and went back stronger and spread better to turn a 1-3 deficit to a 4-3 lead.
She was 5-5 and seemed to be throwing in her own cup when she hit a 40-0 volley. Then she failed to score a point in her second service game. However, Barty was unable to finish serving and lost the tiebreak, partly due to two netballs in favor of Plísková and a double foul on the second set point.
Barty also won the third set (3-0) quickly with her forehand and tricky slice backhand. She served the game at 5-3. However, she still had to overcome a breakpoint.
For the Down Under tennis star, it was a dream come true. She had won Wimbledon.
Barty again spoke out about the role of Goolagong during her life in the press conference that followed the final. “Evonne has a special place in my heart. She has helped Indigenous youth believe in their dreams and chase their goals. She has done it for me.”
She’s been an icon for many years. She’s more than a tennis legend. Her legacy on the court is amazing. It was truly amazing and thrilling to be able share in her victories and help me choose my own path. It is great to get to know her and be able share my experiences and call her like that.