“Representing Green and Gold”: Ashleigh Barty Aims to Make a Deep Run at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 2:25 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Alison Riske of the United States on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Tennis Australia has announced that Ashleigh Barty will represent her country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The World No. 1 has been in the form of her life, as she recently won her second major Grand Slam title. Her success at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship has put her on the highest of pedestals. Hence, all eyes will be on the 25-year-old as she aims for Gold on her Olympic debut.

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Ashleigh stunned the world with her performance in the Women’s singles final at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. She beat former World No. 1, Karolina Pliskova, to become the first top-seed to win the title since Serena Williams in 2016. It was an enthralling battle between two of the very best who left no room for error. However, Barty lived up to her No. 1 rank and got the better of her opponent. The scoreline ended 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 as Ashleigh broke yet another record to win her dream title.

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Naturally, expectations will be high from the champion as she will once again take to the court, this time donning the proud colors of her country.

“Really looking forward to the Olympics”- Ashleigh Barty

Barty might be full of excitement, but she does not plan to rush into the tournament, high on the adrenaline of her previous win. She believes it is important to take some time off to reflect upon the achievements of the past week before heading into the next challenge. “Being able to represent Australia at the Olympics is going to be an awesome experience and it’s important over this next period to celebrate the fact we’ve achieved something really special at Wimbledon,” Ashleigh said.

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

Representing Australia at the Olympic games is nothing less than a dream for Ashleigh Barty. However, she isn’t a stranger to dreams turning into reality either. “I have a lot of other goals, dreams that are in my mind and within my team and we’ll certainly reset in the next couple of days … enjoy some time together and then we go again. But really looking forward to the Olympics,” she said.

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Barty is a true fighter

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Highlighting Ashleigh’s struggle is as important as celebrating her success. In 2019, Ashleigh announced herself to the tennis fraternity, winning her first Grand Slam title at the French Open. However, she failed to defend her title this year after exiting the tournament in the first round because of a hip injury. Hence, her appearance at Wimbledon itself was a miracle, let alone being crowned champion. “In the last six weeks I’ve cried a lot. A lot of it was through heartbreak at the French and now, through a sense of joy and happiness and how much everything has changed,” she said.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her first round match against Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

All eyes will now turn to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ashleigh enters the competition on the back of an incredible campaign at Wimbledon. Surely, fans will once again be on the edge of their seats as Ashleigh goes for gold.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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