Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian to win the Wimbledon title in 41 years on Saturday in London.
Barty defeated the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to claim the title in the first three-setter in a Wimbledon final since 2012.
It’s the second Grand Slam title for Barty, who won the French Open in 2019.
“I didn’t sleep a lot last night, I was thinking of all the ‘what ifs’, but when I came out on this court today I felt at home, in a way,” Barty said. “… And I think being able to share that with everyone here and share that with my team is incredible.”
Barty, 25, becomes the first woman from Australia to win the Wimbledon final since seven-time major winner Evonne Goolagong Cawley did it in 1980. She’s also just the fourth player in the Open era to also have won the title as a junior (2011).
It was also the 50th anniversary of Goolagong Cawley’s first Wimbledon title.
“I hope I made Yvonne proud,” Barty said.
Barty recorded seven aces and converted six of eight break opportunities in improving to 6-2 for her career against Pliskova, who is now 0-2 in Grand Slam finals (2016 U.S .Open).
After splitting the first two sets, Barty opened up a 3-0 lead in the final set and then held on to serve out for the match in one hour, 55 minutes.
“She played an incredible tournament and an incredible match today,” said an emotional Pliskova. “It wasn’t easy to close the second set, I was fighting very hard to make it difficult for her, but I think she played very well, so congrats to her and her team.”
Hamburg European Open
Elena Gabriela Ruse of Romania stunned top-seeded Dayana Yastremska 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the final in Germany.
Ruse converted six of 15 break chances and was helped by the Ukranian’s nine double faults.
In the final, Ruse will face Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who beat countrymate Jule Niemeier 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 in the other semifinal.
–Field Level Media