Ash Barty has done all Australian's proud claiming her maiden Wimbledon crown and her second career Grand Slam title.
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The Queenslander defeated Karolina Pliskova in three sets in what turned out to be a much more tense affair than had looked on the cards.
Barty dominated the first set winning the opener 6-3 in a canter. Barty looked a class above both physically and mentally as she handled the occasion much better than her Czech opponent.
The second set seemed in Barty's control. So much so she had the opportunity to serve for the championship. Pliskova broke Barty though and took to second set to a tiebreaker.
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Heading into the deciding set it seemed all the momentum had deserted the Australian but she managed to steady the ship and take control once again. Pliskova played her part in her own downfall continually giving away points through unforced errors.
Barty claimed the third set 6-3 to take out the championship at the All-England club.
The popular superstar spoke about what it meant to win the tournament and how much it means to represent Australia on the global stage.
“Australians have such a rich history in sport," Barty said proudly.
"Being able to be a very small part of that is something I always dreamt of, to try and create a legacy, a path for young girls and boys to believe in their dreams. Learning my lessons along the way has been one of the best parts of my journey.
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“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, is absolutely incredible.”
The newly crowned champion went on to talk about the honour of playing at the prestigious tournament given the current climate.
“Being able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle,” Barty said.
“They kept a lot of cards close to their chest. It just proved how much we were against the odds. To be playing pain-free through this event was incredible. Certainly now chatting to them it looked a lot less likely than I felt. It’s been an incredible month.”
Barty was so caught up in the moment she said she couldn't remember the match-point that sealed the tournament for her.
Barty said that the nerves had been playing on her leading into the final but eased once she stepped foot on court.
“It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to dare to dream and say I wanted to win this incredible tournament,” Barty said.
“Being able to live out my dream with everyone here has made it better than I ever could have imagined.
“I didn’t sleep a lot last night, I was thinking about all the ‘what ifs’, but when I was coming out on this court I felt at home in a way. I think being able to share that with everyone here, to share that with my team is incredible.”