The career of every athlete is marked by moments capable of changing history, tearing a smile or a tear and restoring part of the infinite number of sacrifices that characterize the life of a professional. A little over a month after the injury that forced her to retire from the second round of the Roland Garros, Ashleigh Barty has fulfilled one of her greatest dreams and she raised the Wimbledon 2021 trophy to the sky; the most prestigious tournament in the history of tennis.
The Australian champion, thanks to the 6-3, (4) 6-7, 6-3 trimmed to Karolina Pliskova, won the second Grand Slam title of her career and became the eleventh player still in business to win more than one Major. The last final without one of the Williams sisters at Wimbledon was played in 2014 and saw Petra Kvitova dominate a shy Eugenie Bouchard.
In the case of Pliskova it was the second Grand Slam final, not the first as happened to the Canadian, but the impact with the game had the same effects. The Czech lost the first 12 points of the match and gave Barty the break in the second game undergoing a delightful winning backhand slightly deflected from the tape.
Under 0-3, Pliskova did not show signs of recovery even in the fourth game, because she gave up the service again by committing a painful double fault. It was Barty who gave Pliskova the chance to partially return to the match and raise her head, but the break to zero did not compromise her excellent start and did not prevent her from closing easily at 6-3.
In the second half of the game, Pliskova resolved the inaugural serving game without worries and glared at her corner. Barty was not intimidated, at least initially, by the new perspective and first held the serve comfortably and then broke her opponent to zero, who sent a comfortable straight to the net on the break ball.
However, the Australian shivered when it was time to put her rival down for good and played the worst game of her match at 3-2, when she lost her serve due to a forehand that went under the net. After a series of interlocutors games, it was once again Pliskova who came out of the match.
At 5-5, the Czech made a comeback from 40-0 and completely lost control of her shots. One step away from the finish, Barty pulled the plug and, after throwing away the chance to put an end to the challenge, she played a bad tie-break.
In the last and decisive set, Barty found her feeling with her tennis again and made her the first three games, also thanks to a horrible volley by Pliskova on the break point conceded in the second game. This time, the Australian did not lose tension and managed her advantage with courage and attention. The only moment of tension came at 5-3, but Barty effectively nullified a dangerous break point.