Wimbledon 2021 Tennis - Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova in three sets to claim maiden Wimbledon crown
Ashleigh Barty has beaten Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 6-3 to claim her first Wimbledon Ladies singles title. The Australian overcame her Czech opponent, who battled back to claim the second set. However, The world number one proved too strong in the decider and adds the crown to the French Open she won in 2019.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after winning her Ladies' Singles Final match against Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic on Day Twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Cr
The second set began well for Barty. At 1-1, Pliskova showed her nerves again as she twice double faulted and then followed up with two unforced errors to hand Barty the all-important break.
At 3-2 down, Pliskova got herself back into the match as she sent a crushing forehand down the line on Barty's serve to get three break points, before a forehand from the Australian's into the net levelled the set.
The match got tighter and tighter as Pliskova grew in confidence and started to serve more effectively.
The two were locked at 5-5 before a Pliskova backhand into the net handed Barty the vital break to serve for the title.
Barty has won Wimbledon for the first time.
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But Pliskova would not roll over and forced a tie-break. Pliskova let out a roar of emotion to make it 3-2 in the tense decider and snatched the second set when Barty double faulted. Barty retained her composure in the third, as errors crept back into Pliskova's game, and rattled off the opening three games.
An important hold of serve to make it 4-1 put Barty in further control.
The number eight seed continued to battle hard and was still hitting freely, but Barty saved a break point at 5-3 up before her eighth ace gave her championship point.
The 25-year-old sealed the title as Pliskova whipped a loose forehand into the net. The win sees the 2011 Wimbledon junior champion mark the 50th anniversary since her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her first Wimbledon title.