Ashleigh Barty has won the Wimbledon women’s singles title, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 to cap a hugely impressive display at the tournament.
A helter-skelter first set saw Barty lose her own service game twice but break Pliskova three times, hitting 12 winners to Pliskova’s two. Barty was broken when serving for the match at 6-5 as the battling Czech forced a tie-break that she won to take the match into a decider.
Pliskova wilted in the final set and Barty, sensing her opportunity, stepped her game up with some powerful groundstrokes to force a match point with the set at 5-3 that she duly took.
The victory did not seem likely a month ago, when Barty retired from the French Open with an injury that she admitted left her “touch and go” for this tournament. But any such struggles have not been evident in a Wimbledon where, having not dropped a set since the first round, she has clinched her first Wimbledon title and second career grand slam title.