London, Jul 10 (EFE).- Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty beat an inconsistent Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4) 6-3 on Saturday to lift her first Wimbledon trophy.
While the contest between first-time finalists was guaranteed to write a new chapter in the history of the tournament, Barty’s victory carried additional significance as the 25-year-old became the first Australian women’s singles champion at Wimbledon since her mentor, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, in 1980.
And Barty’s triumph came 50 years after Goolagong celebrated her inaugural title at the All England Club.
The world No. 1 took the first 14 points to race to a 4-0 lead in the first set on the way to a 6-3 win over the 13th-ranked Czech.
Barty was ahead 3-1 in the second set before opening the door to Pliskova with a series of errors that culminated in a double-fault when she was poised to serve out the match.
Pliskova, 29, forced a tie-break and prevailed to make it the first three-set women’s final at Wimbledon since 2012, when Serena Williams bested Agnieszka Radwanska.
But Barty regained her dominating form of the start and Pliskova could not manage a second comeback and remains without a Grand Slam title, while the Australian has a second to go with her 2019 victory in the French Open. EFE