Australia’s Ash Barty is through to the Wimbledon final after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets to reach her first final at the All England Club. With this she became the first Australian woman in 41 years to reach the finals.
World No 1 Barty won the first set 6-3 and while she trailed 2-5 in the second set, she made a confident comeback 7-6 to win the coveted final spot which is on tomorrow.
Barty became the first Aussie woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley – who won the title in 1971 and 1980 – to make the Wimbledon final after a scintillating 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win over the German three-time major winner, reports said.
Post match, an emotional and excited Barty said, “This is incredible. That’s as close to the best tennis match I’ll ever play. Angie brought that out of me. I’m proud of myself and my team… I’ve got the chance on Saturday to live out a childhood dream.”
Barty is looking to become the first No. 1 seed to win Wimbledon after American star player Serena Williams in 2016.
The Queenslander is also aiming to become the fourth junior Wimbledon champion to win the Venus Rosewater Dish in the Open Era, joining Ann Jones, Martina Hingis and Amelie Mauresmo, according to media reports.
“Being able to play on the final Saturday here at Wimbledon is gonna be just the best experience ever!” Barty said.
Australia’s @ashbarty is through to the #Wimbledon final after defeating Germany’s @AngeliqueKerber in straight sets to reach her 1st final at the All England Club. With this she became the 1st Australian woman in 41yrs to reach the finals. #TheIndianSunhttps://t.co/q9YSaOJekY
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