World number one Ash Barty beats 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber to advance to her 2nd Grand Slam final

Roland Garros champion Ash Barty overcame the 2018 Wimbledon champion, Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 7-6(3) and reached her first final of the tournament.

World number one Barty is chasing after her 2nd Grand Slam title having won the French Open in 2019. She was forced to retire from her second-round match against Magda Linette of Poland at this year’s French Open tournament due to her injury to her left hip.

With the victory on Thursday over Kerber, the 25-year-old became the first woman from Australia to achieve the Wimbledon final in 41 years and the fourth Aussie in the Open Era to advance in the women’s singles final of the championship.

The Australian professional dominated in the first set saving a breakpoint at the Centre Court while 33 years old Kerber from Germany fought back in the second set that took the game into a decider. The German went off in the tiebreak while Barty, despite the fact she missed out on three match points, became more hostile and powerful that led her to 6-0 inscribing her name once again into the history of tennis with only being one step away.

Ash Barty will either face Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or second-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka at Saturday’s Wimbledon final. 

 

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