A look at Ashleigh Barty’s path to glory on Centre Court at Wimbledon
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty won her first Wimbledon title with a three-set victory over Karolina Pliskova on Centre Court.
The 25-year-old ended a 41-year-old wait for an Australian women’s singles champion by emulating her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Here, the PA news agency charts Barty’s path to the trophy.
First round – beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-1
Barty was playing her first match since withdrawing from the French Open with a hip injury and Suarez Navarro her final one at Wimbledon before retirement after recovering from cancer. Barty lost her only set until the final but hit back strongly on an emotional occasion.
Second round – beat Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-3
Barty equalled her previous best run at the All England Club by defeating Czech Siniakova. The Australian was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but forged ahead again with a precision lob and this time completed the job.
Fourth round – beat Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3
The 25-year-old trod new ground at Wimbledon by ending the winning run of surprise French Open champion Krejcikova. Barty trailed early on against the Czech but hit back to take the opening set and completed the job in straight sets.
Quarter-finals – beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3
Barty’s fellow Australian Tomljanovic was through to the last eight at a slam for the first time and found herself swiftly dispatched on Centre Court as the top seed continued to improve.
Semi-finals – beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
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Barty knew she would have to play her best match of the tournament so far and she did so, flying out of the blocks to open up a 3-0 lead and showing all the skills that make her the best player in the world right now. She was 4-1 down in the second set but hit back impressively.
Final – beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3
Barty achieved her dream of winning Wimbledon in a tense final that brought the crowd along on a rollercoaster. The Australian won the first 14 points, failed to serve out the match in the second set, and then held her nerve in the decider just when she needed it most.
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