Barty ready to party after Wimbledon win

11 July 2021 03:06:14 GMTPlus11

World number one Ashleigh Barty admits she endured a sleepless night before claiming her first Wimbledon women's singles title on Saturday.

The Australian, who isĀ 7/2 to follow up by winning the US Open in September, defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 6-3 in an engrossing clash on Centre Court.

Barty won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2019 and was overwhelmed to achieve a childhood dream by landing the Wimbledon crown.

The 25-year-old had enjoyed a smooth run through to the semi-finals where she faced her first major test in the form of 2018 champion Angelique Kerber.

I want to thank everyone in this stadium. You've made my dream so special.

Ashleigh Barty

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Having brushed aside the German in straight sets, Barty made a strong start to the final, winning the first set 6-3 and taking a 3-1 lead in the second.

However, Pliskova fought back to win a tie-break in the second set before Barty responded in the decider, winning 6-3 to seal an emotional victory.

Speaking on Centre Court after the final, Barty was full of praise for her Czech opponent, saying: "This is incredible. I have to start with Kaja [Pliskova]. I love testing myself against you and I'm sure we'll have many, many matches.

"I want to thank everyone in this stadium. You've made my dream so special, thank you very much. It took me a long time to verbalise, to dare to dream it and say it. I didn't sleep a lot last night, I was thinking of all the what-ifs."

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