Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 to win the 2021 Wimbledon women’s singles title. The world no. 1 needed an hour and 56 minutes to wrap up the win over the 13th-ranked Czech Republican.
Barty started off on a dominant front and raced away to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set. The Australian also won the first 14 games of the set before Pliskova won her first point in the match. Pliskova surrendered her serve twice before breaking back Barty in the fifth game to put herself on the scoreboard. However, a third break promptly handed back to the world no. 1 the advantage she’d briefly squandered. Nonetheless, Barty’s service woes also spilled over and she was broken while serving for the set in the seventh game. The ninth game of the set saw Pliskova hold serve for the first time in the set and while there was pressure on Barty as she served for the set the second time, she didn’t miss and went on to lead in the match.
At the start of the match, Pliskova’s game looked a lot unsettled as compared to Barty who played freely on the other side of the net. But as the set progressed, Pliskova, too, had gotten better control over her shots and was able to draw out the errors from Barty. But it wasn’t enough for the Czech.
Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty outlasts Karolina Pliskova
Barty’s game came under pressure far more than Pliskova’s in the second set. Not only was the Australian unable to control her shots, she also struggled to time her serves. She hit five double faults in the course of the set, including one at 6-4 in the second set tie-break. Earlier in the set, her patchy game also saw her get broken while serving for the title in the 12th game of the set. In the 11th game, Barty had done well to break Pliskova who’d three game points to lead 6-5 in the set.
As had happened in the opening two sets, Barty raced away with an early break. Unlike in the second set though, she didn’t concede her lead at any moment in the set. Despite the initial setback, Pliskova didn’t put any foot wrong in the set and didn’t face any further breakpoints. The eighth seed, however, did have a sliver of a chance of a break back in the ninth game as Barty served for the Championship for the second time. The Australian went on to extinguish it just as quickly as it’d emerged. A point later, an ace brought up the first Championship point for Barty which she made good of after Pliskova’s backhand hit the net.
Both players were erratic on their serve. Barty hit seven aces and double faults apiece to Pliskova hitting six aces and five double faults. Both also won a similar percentage of points off their first serves – 67%. But where Barty had better success in winning points off her second serves (54%), Pliskova could only manage to win 35% of her second-serve points. The top seed hit 30 winners to her opponent’s 27 and had 29 unforced errors to Pliskova’s 32.
This is Ashleigh Barty’s second Major title, coming after her 2019 French Open victory. The 25-year-old also became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 41 years, since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1981.