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Wimbledon: Ashleigh Barty in the final for the first time in London

The world number 1 qualified Thursday for her first Wimbledon final by dominating the German Angelique Kerber, 28th and winner in 2018, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

It’s one of the best games of my career and it’s because Angie pushed me there», Declared the 25-year-old Australian, victorious over the German Angelique Kerber and who will face on Saturday for the title the Czech Karolina Pliskova (13th) or the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (4th). “I am very proud of myself and I will do everything on Saturday to win the tournament. To play this final, it will be the greatest experience of my lifeShe added.

Barty was eliminated in the eighth at Wimbledon in 2019, a few weeks after her success at Roland Garros, the only Grand Slam title on her record to date. Against Kerber, she started on the hats and came off 3-0. The 33-year-old German then entered her match, without being able to catch up.

Barty changed the scenario of the 2nd set

But it was she who managed the break from the start in the second set to break away in turn 3-0. And while the set seemed to unfold like a layer of the first, this time in favor of the German, Barty changed the scenario by breaking it down to 4-5. Led 6-5, Barty lined up ten points in a row to win the tie-break and break away 6-0 in this decisive game, with six match points.

Kerber saved three before giving in. Her return to the highest level is remarkable, however, as she was eliminated in the first round at the Australian Open in February and again at Roland Garros in June. “What made the difference is the grassShe said after her victory in the quarterfinals. She won three Grand Slam titles: the Australian Open and US Open in 2016, and Wimbledon in 2018.


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