Evonne Goolagong Cawley Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Ashleigh Barty After Wimbledon Triumph

Published 07/13/2021, 1:00 AM 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


In a thrilling encounter, World No. 1, Ashleigh Barty faced Czech International, Karolina Pliskova, in the 2021 Wimbledon Championship Final. The much-anticipated game lived up to its expectations as both women were out for blood right from the first swing.

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However, a game of this intensity would be a test of strength and character. In order to make it to the top, one would have to not only outplay the other but outsmart them too.

Bringing her A-game to the court, Ashleigh Barty put on a world-class performance. The Australian played some of her best tennis ever as she dominated the game right from the start.

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Despite an incredible fightback from her opponent, she managed to maintain her composure and continue controlling the game. In a third and final set, Ashleigh played with her heart on the sleeve. Within touching distance from the trophy of her dreams, Ashleigh fell to the ground after playing her match point, knowing well enough that she made it.

From stands to Twitter, the world was in awe of Ashleigh as they watched her live her dream, getting crowned as the well-deserved champion. People from all across the globe took to social media to express their love and admiration for the Wimbledon winner.

However, one message out of these hundred thousand stands out and will surely stay with Ashleigh forever.

Former Australian legend, a Wimbledon Champion herself, and Ashleigh’s Idol, Evonne Goolagong, reacted to Ash’s historic win in a rather wholesome video.

Exactly 50 years ago, on the same day, Evonne won the Wimbledon Championship for the first time. Following in her footsteps, Ashleigh couldn’t have done it at a better time, in better style. “So very very, much proud of Ash”, she said.

“Ash to me is like a little sister”- Evonne Goolagong

In her post-match speech, an emotional Ashleigh gathered herself, thanking everyone who’s supported her. While this was a dream come true, she mentioned how the real dream was to make her Idol, Evonne, proud. In response, the veteran said, “Oh, oh, she did, she very much did. So very very much proud of Ash, the way she handles herself, not just on the court but off the court too. She’s a great Australian, everybody loves her.

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The two share an incredible relationship, one that goes beyond professional. “Ash to me is like part of my family. So I think we treat each other that way”, Evonne said.

She also shared what was her last text to Ashleigh before the big final. “One of the last messages I sent to her was, you know, dreams do come true and it will come true for you”. 

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Ashleigh Barty has a champion DNA

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

Ashleigh’s emphatic win is one for the ages. She will forever be remembered for her triumph on the grass. However, this is far from it for the 25-year-old.

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With her talent and potential, records wait to be broken and history to be re-written. She is sure to go down as one of the most wonderful players to have ever played the game. However, for now, she is going top of the charts, one trophy and one dream at a time.

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