After defeating Angelique Kerber, Ashleigh Barty advances to her first Wimbledon final.
Ten years ago, Ashleigh Barty was the Wimbledon junior champion.
Ashleigh Barty defeated Angelique Kerber in a strong performance on Centre Court to reach her maiden Wimbledon final. In seven prior efforts at Wimbledon, Barty had never advanced past the fourth round of the singles competition.
There were also some doubts about her participation in this year’s competition because she was forced to withdraw from the French Open due to injury.
The world No. 1 had a difficult start against Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round, but she has since looked invincible.
Kerber, on the other hand, has built a reputation as one of the top grasscourt players on the WTA Tour.
The German tennis player won Wimbledon in 2018 and has made the British major her favorite throughout the years.
It was always going to be an interesting matchup, and the two have previously been evenly matched.
In this match, the opening set was always going to be crucial, and Barty came out firing on all cylinders.
On her side of the net, Barty was calm and composed as she stuck to her game plan, breaking Kerber in the German’s opening service game.
From there, Barty exuded confidence in her ability to keep her opponent at bay and win the first set.
Kerber, on the other hand, was always going to fight back, and she threatened to force a decider.
The 33-year-old stormed to a 5-2 lead early on, interrogating the 2019 French Open winner.
Barty, on the other hand, responded emphatically, breaking back when it counted most to keep the set alive and force a tiebreak.
She then had momentum on her side going into the tiebreak, which she took full advantage of by racing to a 5-0 lead before winning 7-3.
“This is great, and it’s probably the best tennis match I’ll ever play. Angelique brought out the best in me, and now I get to fulfill a childhood goal on Saturday,” she said.
“You have to enjoy the road and all of the opportunities you have with the people you care about to help you be the best you can be.
“It’s all about getting here and having a good time. Nothing beats playing in front of such a large crowd on such a gorgeous court.
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