“Nothing Short of a Miracle”: Ashleigh Barty on Her Incredible Wimbledon Championships 2021 Run Amidst a Serious Injury

Published 07/10/2021, 2:55 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses as she celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


Ashleigh Barty clinched the women’s singles title at the Wimbledon Championships, beating Karolina Pliskova in the final. The Australian created history after playing two hours of brilliant tennis, winning 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

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With the grass crown, Barty has won her second Grand Slam title, since winning the French Open in 2019. The Australian also became the first from her country to win the title at SW19, since Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty with Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova after the match REUTERS/Paul Childs

Ashleigh Barty believes it was a miracle for her to make a comeback

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Barty had injured her hip during her second-round match against Magda Linette at the French Open. She was advised by the doctors to stay off the court for two months, which meant she would have missed out on the Wimbledon Championships.

However, Barty made a strong comeback and proved why she remains World No.1 in the WTA Rankings. The tournament’s number one seed became the first Australian to win the women’s singles title in 41 years.

It was a two-month injury. Being able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle.

The World No.1 had a rapid recovery in the past one month, as she will now shift her focus on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Barty’s French Open injury

Going into the tournament, Ashleigh Barty was the number one seed at the Roland Garros; however, the Aussie could not defend her 2019 French Open crown, as she pulled out due to a hip injury.

Barty has been playing tournaments at a rapid rate of frequency this year. She entered the Roland Garros after playing five tournaments with minimum rest before that.

She injured her right arm during the Italian Open, held a week before the French Open. Barty injured her hip initially in the first round while serving. Her injury was evident from the very beginning itself.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning her first round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

It has been a dream run for Ashleigh Barty at the Wimbledon Championships this year, culminating in the champion breaking down on court. The World No.1 cried after winning her final set against Pliskova, as well as during the trophy presentation.

Her next stop will be in Tokyo, as she will be aiming for her maiden Olympic Gold. Can the World No.1 live up to expectations in Tokyo?

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