Ashleigh Barty says the ‘stars aligned’ to help her win her first Wimbledon title and reveals it was the best feeling she’s ever had on a tennis court.
Barty was top seed going into the tournament as world number one, although she’d never actually got further than the round of 16 in her previous attempts at the All England Club.
The Australian looked strong throughout the two weeks only dropping one set in her first round match and winning the next five in straight sets before the final against number eight seed Karolina Pliskova.
The 25-year-old looked to have the final sewn up quickly winning the first set, and served for victory at 6-5 in the second set when opponent Pliskova had a resurgence forcing a third set decider.
But Barty was just too good and claimed her second Grand Slam crown after taking the Roland Garros title in 2019, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to become only the fourth woman in the Open Era to win both the Junior and Senior Wimbledon titles.
After the match, Barty, said it had always been a dream of hers to win Wimbledon and it was even more special to do it on the 50th anniversary of her idol Evonne Goolagong lifting the same trophy for the first time.
“It was the most incredible feeling I think I’ve ever experienced on a tennis court,” Barty said.
“There was certainly disbelief. I think I’ve worked so hard my whole career with my team and with people that mean the most to me to try and achieve my goals and my dreams. To be able to do that today was incredible.
“Australians have such a rich history in sport, and I think being able to be a very small part of that is something I always dreamt of,” Barty said.
“Try and create a legacy, try and create a path for young girls and boys to believe in their dreams. Being able to kind of live through that and learn my lessons along the way has been some of the best parts of my journey.
“To be able to be successful here at Wimbledon, to achieve my biggest dream, has been absolutely incredible. The stars aligned for me over the past fortnight. Incredible that it happened to fall on the 50th anniversary of Evonne’s first title here, too.”
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