Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final Highlights, Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova: Ash Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 to become the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final.
The top-seeded Barty adds this championship to the one she won at the French Open in 2019.
She is the first Australian woman to win the singles trophy at the All England Club since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. Barty says she has been inspired by Goolagong and wore an outfit at Wimbledon that was a tribute to the dress Goolagong played in when she won the tournament for the first time in 1971.
What a shot! Pliskova is not giving up the chase as hits a backhand volley to go 15-0 up. Barty replies with a smash and it is 15-15. Pliskova hits another backhand volley and is 30-15 up. She then double faults and Barty has a chance to win it now... but Pliskova makes it 40-30with a beautiful backhand volley. She holds serve with an ace!
Ashleigh Barty 🎾 5-3 Karolina Pliskova
Barty messes up on a backhand and Pliskova is 0-15 up. The World No. 1 makes it up with a smash and it is 15-15. After a long rally, Barty takes a 30-15 lead as Pliskova hits long on her forehand. She makes up with a perfectly executed forehand winner. Barty surges ahead as Pliskova makes another unforced error and she holds serve in a similar fashion again.
Ashleigh Barty 5-2 Karolina Pliskova 🎾
Barty makes an unforced error as Pliskova is 0-15 up. She then makes an unforced error of her own and it is 15-15. Barty wins the point with a forehand winner as Pliskova makes it 30-30 with a forehand winner of her own. Barty edges ahead as Pliskova makes an unforced error on the return and the World No. 1 holds serve.
Ashleigh Barty 4-1 Karolina Pliskova 🎾
Karolina Pliskova takes the second set Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (4).
Pliskova came from a break down twice to win 7-6 (4) and level the match. Barty won the first set 6-3 after racing into a 4-0 lead.
Pliskova looked more settled in the second set although she gifted Barty a break for 6-5 after leading 40-0 in that game. But Barty then faltered when trying to serve out the match, missing three forehands.
Pliskova took a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker and clinched it when Barty double-faulted.
Pliskova gets on a service run and is up 40-0. Fifth ace of the set from the Czech! Barty gets an incredible point as Pliskova is a bit relaxed at the net. Barty hits back with a forerhand winner, foxing Pliskova as she then hits long and it is deuce. Pliskova growing flustrated as she hits a cross court forehand wide. Barty tkaes the point from being 40-0 down!
Ashleigh Barty 🎾 6-5 Karolina Pliskova
Pliskova starys well with Barty hitting her return long. Again and Pliskova is 30-0 up. Barty makes it 30-15 with a thundering cross-court forehand. Pliskova tried to be cute but ended up hitting it long. She makes up with an ace and got the point with another ace.
Ashleigh Barty 🎾 3-2 Karolina Pliskova
Barty is hitting some delicious slices as Pliskova is trying to power her way back but the World No.1 is in her element. After going behind, she fights back only to hit a service double fault and go 15-30 down. Some pinpoint winners from Pliskova and then a beautiful first-time return... she breaks again.
Ashleigh Barty 5-2 Karolina Pliskova 🎾
A shot from Barty hits the net and stands up but Pliskova can't make the return correctly and is 0-15 down. Barty miss-hits and it is 15-15. A powerful serve and it is 30-15. Barty smashes a lift from Pliskova and makes it 30-30. Pliskova is getting late on her serves and hits a rather simple-looking backhand into the net. Barty gets another break.
Ashleigh Barty 🎾 5-1 Karolina Pliskova
A change of ends and Pliskova hits a superb slice which is returned well by Barty to go 0-15 up. The Aussie hits a backhand finisher to go 30-0 up as Pliskova gets the first point after Barty makes an unforced error to be 15-30. Barty just hits the baseline with a backhand and she goes up 15-40 as Pliskova gets another unforced error from Barty. The World No. 1 though gets the double breakpoints as Pliskova hits a double fault on her serve.
Ashleigh Barty 🎾 4-0 Karolina Pliskova
Barty, who is 25, was the junior champion at Wimbledon a decade ago, then left the tennis tour for nearly two years in 2014 because of burnout. She played professional cricket back home, then eventually decided to return to her other sport.
She was at her best at the beginning of each set against the eighth-seeded Pliskova, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic with a big serve.
Pliskova dropped to 0-2 in major finals; she was the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open, too.
Barty’s most significant wobble came late in the second set. She served for the victory ahead 6-5 but sailed consecutive forehands long to get broken, then was shaky in the ensuing tiebreaker, which she ceded with a double-fault.
In the third, though, Barty went up an early break, led 3-0 and stayed the course in the first Wimbledon women’s final to go three sets since 2012. It also was the first since 1977 between two participants who never had been that far at the All England Club.
Neither Barty nor Pliskova made it past the fourth round at the grass-court major until this fortnight.