Australian tennis star Ash Barty has cemented her world number one ranking with a three-set victory over Karolína Plíšková in the Wimbledon final.
Barty enjoyed a perfect opening, winning the first 14 points of the match as Plíšková suffered a shaky start. Barty cruised to a first set victory, and briefly had the upper hand in the second set, before Plíšková recovered to put Barty on the back foot.
As Barty’s composure faded, Plíšková capitalised on her opponent’s unforced errors and double faults to win the second set in a tiebreak.
But Plíšková failed to overcome Barty in the final set, and the Australian surged to a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 victory in the decider, winning 88 points to Plíšková’s 78 points across the three sets.
The victory marked Ash Barty’s first Wimbledon championship, two years after she won the French Open at Roland Garros.
Earlier this year, Barty found herself mired in controversy after breaking Melbourne’s mask-wearing rules while shopping in a supermarket. This transgression, now long-forgotten, has done little to dampen the outpouring of support for Barty from the Australian public in the subsequent months.