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ASHLEIGH BARTY Wimbledon 2021

‘I lived out my dream’ – Ash Barty reacts to Wimbledon triumph

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Ashleigh Barty said she “felt at home on court” during her victory over Karolina Pliskova as she claimed her first Wimbledon title.

The world No. 1 revealed she told herself to “just keep fighting” after losing the second set on a tiebreak having served for the title.

The Australian prevailed 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 over the world No. 13 to claim her second Grand Slam singles crown – after the 2019 French Open.

Barty became the first Australian player to win a Wimbledon singles title since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, and first woman since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

“This is incredible, I think I have to start with [Karolina] as well – congratulations on a fantastic tournament to you and to your team,” Barty said in her on-court interview.

“I love testing myself against you and I’m sure we’ll play many, many more matches. I have to genuinely thank every single person in this stadium. You have made my dream so special.

“[I told myself at the start of the third set]: just keep fighting. [Karolina] is an incredible competitor, she brought out the very best of me today. It was an exceptional match right from the start and I had to bring my very best level.

“I was really proud of myself the way I was able to reset and just keep going, just keep chipping away at the start of that third set, and hold my nerve there in the end.

“(Laughs) I can’t remember it (the match point). It took me a long time to verbalise the fact that I wanted to, to dare to dream it, and say that I wanted to win this incredible tournament.

“And being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here has made it better than I ever could have imagined. I didn’t sleep a lot last night, thinking of all the what-ifs.

“But I think when I was out on this court, I felt at home in a way, and I think being able to share that with everyone here, to share that with my team – is incredible.”


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