Ashleigh Barty won her maiden Wimbledon title as she beat Karolina Pliskova in a 6-3 6-7 (7-4) 6-3 rollercoaster final to become the first Australian women’s champion for 41 years.
Barty adds the Wimbledon title to the French Open crown she won in 2019 and 50 years on from Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’s first Wimbledon title, she made a good pledge to emulate the seven-time Grand Slam champion.
Barty won the junior Wimbledon title in 2011, and has now become the fourth woman in the Open era to go on to also lift the women’s title after Britain’s Ann Jones, Swiss Martina Hingis and France’s Amelie Mauresmo.
Barty said: “This is incredible,” as she dropped to her knees in tears.
“It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to dare to dream and say that I wanted to win this incredible tournament.
“Being able to live out my dream here with everyone here is better than I ever could have imagined.
“I didn’t sleep a lot last night and I was thinking of all of the ‘what ifs’ but coming out on this court, I felt at home in a way.
“Being able to share all of that with everyone here and with all of my team, that’s incredible.”