Australia’s’ world no. 1 Ash Barty has defeated former world no. 1 and 2018 champion, Angelique Kerber, in the semifinal to advance to her first Wimbledon singles final.
Barty is the first Australian woman to advance to a singles final at the All England Club since 1980, when Goolagong Cawley lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the second time.
The 2021 Championships also marks 50 years since Goolagong Cawley won her first Wimbledon title. with Barty wearing a specially-designed outfit to celebrate the occasion.
Barty’s outfit, in regulation white, features a scalloped hem on the skirt – inspired by the Ted Tinling designed outfit in which Goolagong Cawley, then aged 19, won the grand slam in 1971.
In the match against Kerber it was Barty that raced to a 3-0 lead before Kerber dug in to hold serve in the fourth game.
It could have easily been Kerber that took the first break as she was up 15-40 before Barty fought back to hold. Barty was also taken to deuce in the third game.
Barty would seal the opening set with an Ace.
It was now that Kerber launched her attack. The German broke Barty in the second game of the second set. She would consolidate the break to lead 3-0.
Kerber would hold her next two service games however she was taken to duece on both occasions, she was just holding on despite moving to a 5-2 lead.
Barty went on the attack with Kerber serving for the second set. Her smash winner sending a puff or chalk flying as her shot clipped the line.
Back-to-back errors from Kerber saw the German facing three break points.
Kerber ventured to the net however a weak approach shot saw Barty attempt a lob, Kerber just got it back and the shot sat up for the Australian, she then hit a winner to seal the break back.
Barty opened the next game with a forehand winner that hit the sideline after a long rally.
The world no. 1 saw Kerber hit an unforced error before serving and Ace and then hitting a winner in classic Kerber style (extreme knee bend) to level the set at 5-5.
Momentum was now on the side of Barty.
Again Kerber was pushed to deuce before holding serve to move to 6-5. Barty comfortably held serve to send the set into a tie-breaker.
The no. 1 seed got the early jump on her opponent and would race away to claim her spot in the final after a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory.
Karolina Pliskova awaits Barty in the final after she defeated Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
“This is incredible. I think this is close to as good a tennis match as I’ll ever play,” a delighted Barty related.
“I’m incredibly proud of myself, my team, and now we get a chance on Saturday to try to live out a childhood dream.”