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Ashleigh Barty wins maiden Wimbledon title, career’s second Grand Slam

Ashleigh Barty holding aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish after winning the Wimbledon women's singles title in London on July 10, 2021. Photo: Wimbledon

London, July (MNN) Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty kept her wits about to win the second Grand Slam title of her career as she beat eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-3 in the Wimbledon women’s singles match at the Centre Court here on Saturday.

The Australian claimed her first Championship title and in the process became the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong in 1980 to win the title match at the Wimbledon.

With her win, she also took her winning tally against Pliskova to 6-2.

The 25-year-old Barty won the 2019 French Open and has been atop the WTA rankings for one and a half years, while Pliskova will have to wait for her first Grand Slam title.

Barty became the first Australian to play for the Venus Rosewater Dish since 1980 when Evonne Goolagong Cawley landed the second of her Wimbledon titles.

It was around 10 years ago that Barty first showed she could play on grass by taking the girls’ singles title on these lawns. Until this summer though she had never gone beyond the fourth round in the ladies’ singles.

She also became only the fourth woman in the post-1968 Open era – after Ann Jones, Martina Hingis and Amelie Mauresmo – to accomplish the junior-senior double.

Pliskova has come close in the past also to win the title but failed: She beat Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the 2016 US Open before losing to Angelique Kerber in the title match.

This time, Pliskova beat number 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals and could have become just the fourth woman in the Open era, which began in 1968, to beat the top two seeds at the All England Club along the way to the trophy. However, that was not to be.

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