The ‘number one’ is imposed on the Czech, whose reaction after a bad start is insufficient (6-3, 6-7 , 6-3).
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Nobody wanted the cup at Wimbledon, given the ups and downs that characterized the final. It was Ashleigh barty who managed to maintain a greater degree of stability to emerge victorious from the All England Club. The ‘number one’ won her second Grand Slam title, twelfth overall in her career, after taking Roland Garros in 2019. She won in one hour and 55 minutes to Karolina Pliskova, eighth favorite, whose reaction was insufficient (6-3, 6-7 , 6-3).
The Australian, junior champion in 2011 and also winner this year in Yarra Valley, Miami and Stuttgart, strengthens at the top of the ranking, where she will add 77 consecutive weeks. The winner played with a dress that paid tribute to Evonne Goolagong Cawley, already the second-last Australian to win the tournament, back in 1980.
Pliskova was slow to wake up, but at times she compromised Barty’s triumph, nervous and vague as she saw the target closer. The Czech conceded the initial 14 points. He had to wait for his opponent to send a backhand to the net to place digits on his marker. The brilliant journey to arrive, almost five years after appearing at the US Open, to his second Grand Slam final, had come to an abrupt halt.
Response after mistakes
Some responsibility had Barty, who moved her constantly and sharpened the exchanges with the backhand cut. But Pliskova, a consummate scorer, quite a specialist on the surface, the woman with the most aces, 54, so far in the tournament, he could only win one of his services in that first set.
Barty also got away early in the second set, but the long-awaited response came from Pliskova, who had received some whistles for lack of combativeness. Much more effective with the serve, he pushed the Czech to the tiebreaker despite losing his serve in the eleventh game. The Australian consented, in an unfortunate game when it served to kiss the trophy.
The final grew, with the best moments when Pliskova was released, who did not give up despite returning her serve at the beginning of the third set. He came close to getting it back, after a volley to Barty’s net when he served again to win the game. The Ipswich player, the third Grand Slam champion of 2021, came out of the trance after the victories of Naomi osaka in Australia and Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros. The most regular in a circuit that does not give truce.