Wimbledon day 10: Highlights from SW19
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Ashleigh Barty has called it a “miracle” that she was even able to compete at Wimbledon after learning the true severity of her injury from her team. Barty made history on Saturday in becoming the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title in 50 years.
It topped what has been a tremendous fortnight for the world No 1, where she showed her class in every match.
Heading into the final, Barty had only dropped one set all tournament and looked to continue that trend early on against Karolina Pliskova.
She won the opening 14 points to eventually take a 4-0 lead and, despite a spirited fightback from Pliskova, Barty held on to win the first set inside 30 minutes.
Barty went a break up in the second as well with some fearing one of the quickest women’s finals in history.
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Pliskova showed plenty of fight though to force a third and final set which looked touch and go before Barty found a breakthrough to take the victory.
She collapsed to the floor and had to cover her face to try and hide the tears before jumping up to her team’s box to celebrate with them.
Barty has always spoken of how close she is with her team, but it appears there can still be some much-needed secrets between them.
The 25-year-old withdrew from the French Open with an injury which raised some question marks on whether she would be fit for Wimbledon.
Little information came out on the true severity of Barty’s injury but, after winning the Wimbledon title on Saturday, her team revealed just how close she was to not being able to play at all this past fortnight.
“Just even chatting to my team now, once we’ve come off the court, they kept a lot of cards close to their chest and didn’t tell me a lot of the odds, didn’t tell me a lot of the I suppose information that they’d got from other specialists.
“There weren’t too many radiologists in Australia who had seen my injury. In a sense, it was a two-month injury.
“Being able to be able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle.
“I think them not telling me that just proved how much we were against the odds.
“I think now to be playing pain-free through this event was incredible.
“It’s funny, sometimes the stars align, you can think positively, you can plan, and sometimes the stars do align, you can chase after your dreams.
“Certainly now chatting to them it looked a lot less likely than I felt statistically. I think it’s been an incredible month.”
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