Ashleigh Barty holds off a comeback by Karolina Pliskova to win her maiden Wimbledon title.
On Sunday, Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets to win her maiden Wimbledon title.
With a win against Karolina Pliskova in the women’s Wimbledon final, Ashleigh Barty demonstrated why she is the best player on the women’s tour. The world No. 1 took full advantage of Pliskova’s stage fright in the opening set, winning 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3 in 1hr 55mins. She became only the fourth person in history to win the women’s singles final at the All England Club after winning the girls’ junior singles title here as a child.
She was also only the second Australian woman to win the Venus Rosewater Dish, following two-time champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who last won on Centre Court in 1980.
That was a year before a young actor named Tom Cruise had his big break in Hollywood with the release of Endless Love, and the movie star was present today to witness Barty secure her victory.
Unfortunately for everyone inside this historic arena, she didn’t have to play at all to defeat the Czechs, and it wasn’t until the third set that they were treated to some truly outstanding tennis.
Barty rushed to a 4-0 lead after winning the first 14 points of the match, and despite Pliskova’s best efforts, Barty won the set handily.
Pliskova’s good news was that she wouldn’t be facing another 6-0, 6-0 defeat like she did in the Italian Open final in Rome earlier this year against Iga Swiatek.
Despite this, a return appeared to be quite Mission: Impossible.
Pliskova, who is likely to rise to No. 7 in the world after reaching the final, failed to stroke the ball cleanly early on and her timing worsened as she labored.
And, after clawing back three games in the first set, she realized she needed to step up her game in the second.
“You hate to see a player not be able to do their thing,” BBC pundit John McEnroe said of watching Cruise and his fellow viewers.
She played so badly early on that she looked like she had a cocktail-fueled night on Friday.
Pliskova, on the other hand, gathered herself. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”