Ash Barty, 2021 Wimbledon Champion

50 years on from Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s first win at Wimbledon, 10 years on from when Ash Barty between Junior Wimbledon Champion and in 2021 after a tough battle became the Wimbledon Champion.

A tough start to begin with for Karolina Pliskova, the Czech showed nerves with her serve around 80-85mph which for her is slow and was broken to love with the slice of the Aussie causing problems early on.

3 games on the board and all 12 points went the way of the world number one Ash Barty who led 3-0 and it quickly felt like this was a must hold nine 9 minutes.

11 minutes in there were just murmurs on the court, a foot fault, a double fault and 0-4 down with the only two points Pliskova winning errors from the top seed.

Suddenly a smash at the net went inches long and the Czech had a potential way back into the set at 0-30 and then a big backhand forcing an error to see three break points and the forehand error got Pliskova on the board with a smile!

5 breaks of serve in the opening 7 games showed some nerves on both sides with Pliskova most definitely more happier returning and down 2-5 would serve to stay in the set and serve to hold her first service game of the final. A hold to love followed from the 29 year old who began to find her feet in the final forcing Barty to serve for the opening set.

A love hold from Pliskova, a love hold from Barty who took the opening set 6-3.

32 minutes it took for a first ace from Karolina Pliskova who started the second set a bit more controlled on serve with better speed compared to how she kicked off set one.

Barty with a hold of love and as we thought that Pliskova was just finding her rhythm on serve was broken to love and in big trouble down a set and a break in the opening 36 minutes.

A complete turn-around, a bit of a wobble from Ash who’s forehand went a little tight and from 1-3 down she led 4-3 and suddenly a shift in momentum and pressure for the first time on Ash Barty.

Two incredible points followed by Ash Barty who hit two flat forehands up the line and Hawkeye showed on both occasions they were both 1mm in, how 30-0 could have been 0-30…

The set continued on serve as it came to the business end with pressure ramping up. At 5-5 an untroubled hold of serve looked likely for Pliskova up 40-0 but a volley missed at the net and a couple more points going the way of Barty with the Czech rushing into the backhand took us to deuce.

Four stunning backhand slices from Barty somehow kept her in the rally when the point for Pliskova look inevitable, the crowd rallied around the Czech who faced break point! A backhand into the net sealed an unlikely break and at 6-5 Ash Barty would serve for the Wimbledon title!

Nerves were to be expected, a double fault to begin and broken to 15 with a tie-break looming!

Pliskova found her power and looked onto take this to a third set winning a thrilling point at the net to lead 5-2 and then 6-2 and see set points!

At 6-4 it looked tense but then a double fault from Barty took us to a third and final set!

To begin the third set Ash Barty was made to work from it despite being 40-0 up but after being taken to deuce held to lead in the set following a good drop shot from the Aussie.

All of a sudden it turned into one way traffic, a dreadful service game from Pliskova but a shaky one from Ash gave the world number one a 3-0 lead, would that be that?

It did continue on serve and for the second time in the match the serve it out question at 5-3 would be asked of Ash Barty!

At 30-30 a simply drive volley at the net hit ended up at the next with break point for Pliskova but the Czech couldn’t capitalise!

After 1 hour and 55 minutes, Ash Barty arrived at championship point!

A backhand into the net sealed it and Ash Barty became the Wimbledon Champion, 50 years on from Evonne Goolagong Cawley winning her Wimbledon title!

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