After losing to Ashleigh Barty in the Wimbledon final, Karolina Pliskova was in tears.
Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 3-6 7-6 6-3 in the Wimbledon ladies’ singles final on Saturday.
After losing the Wimbledon ladies’ singles final to Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova was brought to tears.
In a tough and often close encounter on Wimbledon’s centre court, Barty defeated the Czech 6-3 6-7 6-3.
Pliskova struggled to find a way back into the match as the Australian raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set.
She fought back, though, and was much better in the second set.
Pliskova scored some superb winners to force a deciding set after Barty labored in a tense tiebreak.
But Barty, the World No. 1, rallied and dominated the final 20 minutes.
Both competitors were attempting to win their first Wimbledon title, with Barty succeeding ten years after her junior victory.
It marks Barty’s second Grand Slam victory, after winning the French Open at Roland Garros in 2019.
Pliskova was in tears during her interview on center court and joked that she doesn’t get emotional very often.
“I appreciate everything you’ve done. Thank you for coming today,” the 29-year-old addressed a raucous centre court crowd after her loss, which was shown live on the BBC’s coverage of the final.
“Every minute I’m on this court, I’m having a great time.”
Pliskova paused for a moment to gather herself before declaring, “I never cry!” Never! “And now…”
“I think Ash, I’d want to start with her, I think she was fantastic, she’s had an incredible tournament and an incredible match today,” she continued.
“It wasnâ€TMt easy for me to close the second set; I worked really hard to make it difficult for her.
“However, I believe she performed admirably, so congratulations to her and her teammates.”
“I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone in my team. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of them. Back home, I have a sizable contingent of my team.”
Pliskova, a former World No. 1, was in her second Grand Slam final, having lost in the 2016 US Open final.
The focus now shifts to Sunday’s men’s final, which will feature Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, a first-time Grand Slam finalist.
Denis Shapovalov was upset by Djokovic in a tense match on centre court Wednesday, with his Canadian opponent yelling at the referee twice.
In “Brinkwire Summary News,” Berrettini defeated Roger Federer’s adversary Hubert Hurkacz.