Barty steers past Angie to reach Wimbledon final
Jul 08, 2021

World No.1 Ashleigh Barty will play in her second Grand Slam final after ousting 2018 champion Angelique 6-3, 7-6(3) in the Wimbledon semifinals.

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But Australia’s Barty prevailed in an hour and 26 minutes, after coming back from a break down at 5-3 in the second set. Barty won 11 straight points to charge back from that deficit, including when Kerber served for the set at 5-4, en route to a dominant performance in the decisive tiebreak.

Overall, Barty was incredibly proficient behind her first serve, winning 88 percent of those points and firing eight aces. The Australian slammed 38 winners to just 16 unforced errors, as she gritted out two tough sets against former World No.1 Kerber.

Barty is the first No.1 seed to reach a Wimbledon final since 2016, when then-World No.1 Serena Williams defeated Kerber in the final. Barty had already guaranteed she would remain at World No.1 by virtue of reaching the semifinals.

On Saturday, Barty will attempt to add to her previous Grand Slam singles title, which came on clay at the French Open in 2019. She will face either No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka or No.8 seed Karolina Pliskova in the final.