Ashleigh Barty made her biggest dream come true and won the Wimbledon tournament by beating Karolina Pliskova in the final. The world number one played a perfect first set and didn’t give her opponent great opportunities, visibly excited and tense.
The only difficult moment came towards the end of the second set, when Barty shivered and first missed the opportunity to put an end to the dispute and then badly lost the tie-break. In the last and decisive part, the Australian managed to regain her feeling with her shots and resolved the practice by canceling a dangerous break point in the game that closed the match.
“It was the most incredible moment she has ever experienced on a tennis court. I could not believe it. I have worked very hard throughout my career, together with my team and with the people who mean the most to me, in order to achieve my goals and make my dreams come true. What I did today is absolutely unrepeatable,” Barty explained at a press conference.
Ashleigh Barty: “It was the most incredible moment on a tennis court”
“Evonne Goolagong last Australian to win Wimbledon? Australians have a very rich sporting history, and being part of it is something I’ve always dreamed of. I’ve always wanted to leave a legacy, try to create a path for younger girls and boys, so that they can believe in their dreams. Winning at Wimbledon, making my biggest dream come true, was absolutely incredible.
The stars have aligned over the past twelve days. It’s amazing that it happened right on the 50th anniversary of Evonne’s first title, it’s just amazing. What does Goolagong mean to me? She is a special person in my life. She was an iconic woman,” she said.
Barty then analyzed her latest performance of hers: “It was a match with some ups and downs. There were positive moments, some second serve occasions for both. This was the biggest challenge today: controlling my service games. I couldn’t always do it, but I think I followed the right path.
The most important thing was to get out of it, believe in myself and follow my plan. When I served for the match in the second set, I gave her a small chance and she took it decisively. Being able to do a mental reset at the beginning of the third set was very important. This is what I focused on, being able to give my best regardless of the score.”