Australia's Ashleigh Barty wins 2021 Wimbledon: Records broken
World number one Ashleigh Barty has been crowned the women's singles champion of 2021 Wimbledon. The Australian defeated Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the final to win the championship. Barty has become the first woman from Australia to win the Wimbledon title (singles) since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. Here are the records broken.
How did the final pan out?
Barty gave Pliskova no margin for error initially. The Australian raced to a 4-0 lead in no time, winning 14 consecutive points. Although Pliskova won a couple of games after trailing 1-5, Barty closed the set before the 30-minute mark. Pliskova bounced back in the second set well, thereby winning the tie-break. However, Barty regained momentum in the final set to triumph.
A look at the feats attained by Barty
Barty has won her second Grand Slam title and first in London. She clinched her first major in 2019 by winning the Roland Garros. Notably, Barty has become the first number one seed to win Wimbledon since Serena Williams in 2016. Barty is also the third Wimbledon champion from Australia (women's singles) in the Open Era after Margaret Court and Goolagong (won twice).
A new Wimbledon champion for fourth successive edition
Wimbledon has witnessed a new champion for the fourth successive time. Garbine Muguruza (2017), Angelique Kerber (2018), and Simona Halep (2019) won the last three editions after Serena Williams triumphed in 2015 and 2016. The event wasn't held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Barty wins her sixth ATP match against Pliskova
Barty claimed her sixth match-win against Pliskova in the ATP head-to-head series. The former has won 35 matches in all competitions, besides losing on six occasions, this year. She owns a win-loss record of 12-2 at Grand Slams in 2021. The Aussie had earlier lost in the quarter-finals of Australian Open and the second round of French Open.
Fourth junior Wimbledon champion to lift the title in London
Barty won her only junior Grand Slam title (2011 Wimbledon) at the age of 15. She became just the second Australian to win the girls' singles event after Debbie Freeman in 1980. A decade later, Barty has become only the fourth junior Wimbledon champion to lift the title in London after Ann Jones, Martina Hingis and Amelie Mauresmo.