Ash Barty becomes first Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon final in 41 YEARS after defeating former champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets… as she now also bids to land her second Grand Slam title
- Ash Barty defeated Angelique Kerber 6-3 7-6 (3) in Centre Court semi-final
- World No 1 is first Australian woman to reach the final since Evonne Goolagon
- The 25-year-old will now face either Aryna Sabalenka or Karolina Pliskova
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty has defeated Angelique Kerber to become the first Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon singles final for 41 years.
Barty’s 6-3 7-6 (3) victory over 2018 champion Kerber puts her through to a second grand slam final and with the chance to emulate her mentor Evonne Goolagong, who won the second of her SW19 titles in 1980.
Barty’s outfit is a tribute to the one worn by Goolagong for the first of her victories in 1971 and the 25-year-old will go into the final against either Aryna Sabalenka or Karolina Pliskova as the favourite.
Ash Barty takes the applause of the Wimbledon crowd after reaching the Wimbledon final
The world No 1 celebrates following her straight sets victory on Centre Court on Thursday
The Australian greets defeated semi-final opponent Angelique Kerber following victory
Barty said: ‘This is incredible. This is as close to as good a tennis match as I’ll ever play. Angie brought the best out of me. I’m incredibly proud of myself and my team and now we get a chance on Saturday to try to live out our childhood dream
‘I’ve had an incredible journey, ups and downs and everything in between, and I wouldn’t change one moment. It’s been unique, incredible, its been tough. There have been so many things that have led to this moment. I’m enjoying every single minute.
‘Being able to play on the final Saturday at Wimbledon is going to be just the best experience ever.’
More to follow…
Evonne Goolagong was the last Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon final when she triumphed at SW19 in 1980 (above)