There are anthological endings, others that disappoint and there are those that produce neither cold nor heat, difficult to classify. The one this Saturday between Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova was simply strange. It will not remain for the memory and surely it lasted longer than it should have, with the feeling almost all the time that whatever the Czech did, it would end up falling into the Australian’s nets. And so it was: 6-3, 6-7 (4) and 6-3, in 1h 56m. Unlike the previous sessions, in which he exhibited catalog and resources everywhere, the number one set the rubric more effectively than ornaments.
His triumph, his first at Wimbledon, in any case exalts the best tennis. There are more spectacular ones, there are those that hit the ball harder or there are those with greater media impact, but none of them does everything as well as she does: rally, analyze, process and execute. Barty is a whole. The 25-year-old Australian, who has been on the throne of the women’s circuit for two seasons, unleashed a final in which it was difficult for Pliskova to enter and in which then, once she did, it was too late. Although the debate debate was stretched – it was nine years since a women’s final was resolved to three rounds -, the champion cut her wings with hierarchy and poise.
Consequently, Barty was crowned and added the second great to his record, having already conquered the land (2019) and the turf. With her victory, the Australian winked at her compatriot Evonne Goolagong, who celebrated the London title 40 years ago and also raised it in 1980; Margaret Court had previously achieved it, in 1963, 1965 and 1970. In this way, Barty adds and continues, 12 trophies and that this season already adds, imposing respect with his chameleonic display; the same is true in hard (Yarra Classic Valley and Miami) or clay (Stuttgart), as in the green sacral of Wimbledon.
Excited, she closed the beautiful circle that she opened a decade ago, when she won the junior title at the age of 15, and in this way joined the English Ann Jones, the Swiss Martina Hingis and the French Amélie Mauresmo as the only ones who have achieved the doublet. Meanwhile, Pliskova left empty in her second final on a big stage; she failed in New York in 2016 and ran into the Australian’s cut backhand in the final this Saturday. Barty rises and the alternation is maintained: Naomi Osaka opened the year with a smile in Melbourne, Barbora Krejcikova surprised in Paris and she sings bingo in distinguished London.
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