The 25-year-old becomes the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon women’s women’s title in 41 years.
World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 in the final.
Barty, 25, who won his Grand Slam bout at Roland Garros in 2019, imitated his idol Evonne Goolagong who claimed the second of his All England Club titles in 1980.
“I hope I made Evonne proud,” Barty said in court after the presentation of the trophy. “That’s incredible.”
Ten years after winning the women’s singles title at Wimbledon for 15 years, Barty entered the finals on Saturday after winning five of the seven games she had played against Pliskova.
In the first set, he led to a 4-0 lead against the former world number one with a double break.
Pliskova appeared all at sea against the Australian’s drastically hot slices and precision shot, but managed a way to get back into the competition by getting two service breaks. But a third break from service gave Barty the opening set.
The Australian maintained her control in the second set, breaking in the third game to open a 3-1 lead but Pliskova found a higher gear to level things out at 3-3.
With Barty serving for the match Pliskova, who suffered a 40-0 break up, was quick to force a tie-break and then regained her confidence to put the match at 1-1.
The Australian managed to get back on track and jumped to a 3-0 lead in the decider with an initial break, which was enough.
Barty converted his first game point when Pliskova made an unforced error, his 32nd of the game.
The Australian fell to her knees and burst into tears, saying later that she was unable to remember what happened at the starting point.
“He made the best of me today,” Barty added.
“I was proud to be able to continue snatching away at the beginning of the third set. It took me a while to say I wanted to win this tournament, but it’s better than I ever imagined.
“I didn’t sleep last night … but I feel right at home.”