Ashleigh Barty, 25 years old and world number one, it is the hope of an Australian tennis that has not triumphed in the women’s Wimbledon since 1980, when it triumphed Evonne goolagong, to whom her compatriot wants to pay tribute on the fiftieth anniversary of the first of her two successes, in 1971, and not only with the skirt that recalls the one she wore, with lace. Ash has a special appreciation for the tennis player of Aboriginal descent. Not so much the other champion, Margaret Court, a pastor of a church in her country and whose comments against the LGTBI collective have earned the explicit public rejection of many racquet figures.
Barty has today (3:00 pm / # Vamos) with the experience of a previous Grand Slam final, the one he won at Roland Garros 2019. The pending issues are more Australian than personal. He already felt a lot of pressure when the junior at Wimbledon won at the age of 15. He hung up the racket overwhelmed because he was not getting the expected results and he needed to order his personal life. “Enjoy”, the key on which he now bases his game philosophy.
More sports emergencies drags her rival, the Czech Karolina Pliskova, 29 years old and 13th WTA. She lost her first opportunity, at the 2016 US Open, when she was a contender for a Grand Slam crown that has not yet arrived. It reached number one but without the jackpot, to which it now aspires. “My dream was to move on to the second week, because I hadn’t been able to do it for a long time. I would never have imagined that I would be in the final, “he says.
The balance between them is 4-2 on the WTA Tour. This course they were measured in quarterfinals for Stuttgart, with 2-6, 6-1 and 7-5 for Barty, who has dominated the last three meetings. He lost, however, the only one on grass, in the rooms of a distant WTA Nottingham of 2016, with 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (7) by Pliskova, who will oppose the greatest touch of the ‘aussie’ his forcefulness. There is another precedent in grass, in Nottingham but in a lower ITF category. Barty beat 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (6), in 2012.
Barty is a silent assassin, who by cutting and varying blows knocks the opponent down by surprise. Pliskova is more direct with her powerful punches. Aggressive, like its Czech predecessors Petra kvitova (2011 and 2014) and Jana novotna (1988).