Ashleigh Barty’s hidden ailment threatened to derail her Wimbledon campaign – “Nothing short of a miracle”
It was debatable if Ashleigh Barty would even compete at Wimbledon before winning the title.
After learning the exact nature of her injuries from her team, Ashleigh Barty considered it a “miracle” that she was able to compete at Wimbledon. On Saturday, Barty became the first Australian woman in 50 years to win the Wimbledon singles title.
It capped off a fantastic fortnight for the world No. 1, in which she demonstrated her class in every match.
Barty had only dropped one set all tournament and looked to keep that streak going against Karolina Pliskova in the final.
She claimed the first 14 games to go up 4-0, and despite a valiant effort from Pliskova, Barty held on to take the first set in under 30 minutes.
Barty also went a break up in the second, prompting predictions that it would be one of the quickest women’s finals ever.
Pliskova, on the other hand, fought valiantly to force a third and final set, which appeared to be a toss-up until Barty broke through for the win.
Before jumping up to her team’s box to rejoice with them, she dropped to the floor and had to cover her face to hide the tears.
Barty has always talked about how close she is to her teammates, yet it appears that some much-needed secrets are still kept between them.
The 25-year-old withdrew from the French Open due to an injury, raising doubts about her ability to compete at Wimbledon.
Barty’s condition was kept under wraps for a long time, but after winning Wimbledon on Saturday, her team revealed how close she came to not being able to play at all this past fortnight.
“Just talking to my squad now after we came off the court, they held a lot of cards close to their chest and didn’t tell me a lot of the odds, didn’t tell me a lot of the I presume information that they’d had from other specialists,” says the player.
“In Australia, there weren’t many radiologists who had seen my injuries. It was, in some ways, a two-month injury.
“It was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to play here at Wimbledon.
“I believe the fact that they didn’t inform me merely confirmed how much.” Brinkwire Summary News”.