In Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s final, top-ranked Ash Barty defeated eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova’s late comeback attempt to win her second Grand Slam title.
Barty got out to a fast start, scoring the first 14 games, but had to fight off Pliskova’s late surge to win 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 at the All England Club.
“It took me a long time to verbalize the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament,” Barty said. “… I didn’t sleep a lot [Friday] night. I was thinking of all the what-ifs. But I think when I was coming out on this court, I felt at home, in a way.”
With the triumph, Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980, having already won the French Open in 2019.
Barty stated she was inspired by Goolagong during the event, and she even dressed in a clothing similar to the one Goolagong wore when she won Wimbledon for the first time in 1971.
“I hope I made Evonne proud,” Barty said.
Pliskova, who is chasing her maiden Grand Slam championship, failed to win a single point in the first three games of the first set, then double-faulted on break point to give Barty a 4-0 lead. Pliskova eventually held serve to bring the score 5-3 before Barty served out the first set.
Pliskova, a 29-year-old Czech Republic native, fought back in the second set to force a decisive third set – the first in the Wimbledon women’s final since Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012.
Barty, who moved to 6-2 all-time versus Pliskova, found her form again in the fourth set. The 25-year-old Australian raced out to a 3-0 lead before winning the title on serve.
“I was fighting very hard to make it difficult for her,” said Pliskova, who got choked up during the trophy ceremony. “I never cry. Never.”
Pliskova and Barty were both making their first appearances in a Wimbledon final, which had not happened since Virginia Wade defeated Betty Stove in 1977.
Barty won approximately $2.4 million in prise money for her victory, the same as the men’s singles champion.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday at 9 a.m. EDT.