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Ash Barty, you fucking legend

Ash Barty has won her first Wimbledon ladies' singles title with a 6-3, 6-7 (7/4), 6-3 victory over Karolína Plíšková.


After winning the French Open in 2019, this is Barty's second grand-slam title.


The match began with Barty taking the first 14 points from her visibly nervous Czech opponent.


Despite her nervous start, Plíšková, a 6'1 powerhouse, hit 27 winning shots to Barty's 30 over the course of the match, challenging the Australian and making her work hard to clinch the victory. She was undoubtedly a fitting rival and congratulated Barty with grace, "I think Ash played an incredible tournament and an incredible match today."


It was an incredible match, especially considering the hip injury Barty sustained at Roland-Garros less than five weeks ago, "In a sense, it was a two-month injury. Being able to be able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle," Barty said.





The millions of Australians who stayed up to watch Barty were not disappointed, as the momentum built intensely at the conclusion of the match, with Barty closing out the three-set final.


Barty played her first Wimbledon final eight years ago, at the ripe age of 17, losing the women’s doubles in partnership with Casey Dellacqua.


Now at the age of 25, Barty is the first woman to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. The victory also marks 50 years since Goolagong Cawley's first Wimbledon win.


As a proud Ngarigo woman, Barty's victory during NAIDOC week is a particularly special victory.


"I just hope I made Evonne proud," Barty said of her childhood hero during her victory speech.


"Evonne is a very special person in my life. I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young Indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dreams."


Barty has been officially labelled the world’s best in women’s tennis since June of 2019, however, she still manages to maintain the energy of the underdog, flying under the radar, the quiet achiever. After last night's victory, we may see a change in this narrative.


Ash Barty is someone that Australia can be proud of, an absolute fucking legend. Her victory will undoubtedly go down as one of Australia's most iconic sporting moments.