“Got Little Bit Complicated”: Tennis Legend on Ashleigh Barty’s Monumental Wimbledon Championships 2021 Finals

Published 07/10/2021, 11:09 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


Top seed Ashleigh Barty made history at the Wimbledon Championships today. The World No. 1 became the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 41 years after defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.

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With congratulations pouring in for Barty, former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport gave some of her own to the World No. 1

Lindsay Davenport lauds Ashleigh Barty for winning her first Grand Slam

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Despite the Australian close to sealing a straight-sets victory, Pliskova did her labor for the win today. However, the World No. 1 stepped up her game in the last set to seal her maiden Grand Slam victory at the legendary grass court.

Although the Australian suffered a quarterfinal exit at her home Grand Slam earlier this year, she retired midway at the French Open due to injury. However, the 25-year-old finally reached the summit of the sport by capping off an excellent run of results with a difficult win over eighth-seeded Pliskova.

After her match, 1999 Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport congratulated the newest addition to the winner list at the All England Club. She said“This occasion, you could see it after the match it meant the world to Barty. To still be able to play the type of tennis she did knowing this has been her biggest goal.

“It was pretty awesome to see. And you get a sense now that she’s got one under her belt, she’s going to add a few more as well. Ash Barty, congratulations! Wimbledon Champion!”

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Davenport believes Barty’s playing style suits Wimbledon

While Davenport appreciated her spirit, she also admitted Barty‘s game is natural for grass courts. In addition, she also pointed out that the game got more complicated than expected for the World No. 1.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the first set during her semi final match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs

She said, “[It] got a little more complicated than maybe it needed to be. Up a set and a break, also served for the match in the second set. But Barty, she’s got a game that’s just so natural for this surface.

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“She used her sliced backhand so well. But the biggest thing in this match was Barty and her ability to handle the occasion, to handle her nerves. She also served a great match. She out-served one of the best servers in women’s tennis.”

After her impressive triumph, Barty now turns her attention towards the Tokyo Olympics. With the World No. 1 sealing her first Grand Slam, she is now a favorite to bring gold for her country at the global sporting spectacle.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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