Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty didn't sleep a lot before her Wimbledon final but he managed to fulfil her dream and win it all at The All England Club. Barty, seeded at No. 1, overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova in three sets 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 to lift her maiden Wimbledon title.
“It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to dare to dream it and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament,” said Barty. “Being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here has made it better than I ever could have imagined.
I didn’t sleep a lot last 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”.
Barty regrouped and won the match
Barty made an outstanding start to the match, winning the first 14 points en route to taking a 4-0 first-set lead.
Barty led 5-1 after the opening six games of the first set but Pliskova refused to quit and managed to reduce the deficit to 5-3. Second time serving for the opener, Barty focused much better and managed to serve out for the first set.
Barty led 6-5 in the second set but Pliskova broke back to force a tie-break, which she won to force a third set. After failing to serve out for the match in the second set, Barty started the third set with a 3-0 lead and held on to her serve the rest of the way to win the title.
“Just keep fighting,” said Barty, after being asked how she responded to the disappointment of set two. “Kaja is an incredible competitor. She brought out the very best in me today and it was an exceptional match from the start and I knew I brought my very best level.
I was really proud of myself the way I was able to reset and just keep going. Just keep chipping away at the start of the third set and hold my nerve at the end”.