Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty was living her dream as she advanced to the Wimbledon Ladies final.
It is 50 years since her mentor Evonne Goolagong won her first title and Barty was wearing a skirt inspired by the original dress that Goolagong wore back when she claimed her first title.
Pliskova, who had lost 6-0, 6-0 in her most recent final when humbled by Iga Swiatek was looking nervous and Barty took advantage winning the first 14 points and four games in a row.
She also led 3-1 in the second set and served for victory at 6-5.
Pliskova came alive at 0-30 with Barty serving the sixth game of the second set. It was on that point that she blasted a forehand winner down the line to setup three break back points. She needed just one.
The Czech, former world no. 1 had lifted her game and held easily to lead 4-3.
Pliskova was 40-0 when she missed a volley she should have made. That opened the door to Barty who won the next five points to break.
Barty would be next to break when she won the 11th game to be serving for the title at 6-5. Barty would win just one point as Pliskova broke to send the set to a tie-breaker.
Pliskova was feeling confident now and took the tie-break 7-4.
Often when Barty wins the first set and drops the second she comes back with more resolve in the third.
It was again the case as Barty raced to a 3-0 lead. Pliskova then held to love to get on the scoreboard in the third.
Barty was able to hold serve from there and she would claim the title in one hour and 56 minutes.
This will be a special title for Barty, she limped out of the French Open with a hip injury that saw her retire from her round two match.
After that there was a lot of treatment to give Barty a chance to play at Wimbledon and play she did.She went into Wimbledon with no match play on grass after her French Open exit.
“Karolina is an incredible competitor. She brought out the very best in me today and it was an exceptional match right from the start. I knew that I had to bring my very best level.”
“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,” 25-year-old told an adoring Centre Court audience.
“Being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here has just made it better than I ever could have imagined.”