The world’s top female tennis player Ashleigh Barty of Australia will meet the eighth-seeded and 13th-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the women’s Wimbledon Final this Saturday, July 10th at the All England Club.
Barty downed 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in her semifinal showdown while Pliskova came from behind to beat Aryna Sabalenka 5-7 6-4 and 6-4. It will be the first Wimbledon Final for both the 29-year-old Pliskova and 25-year-old Barty.
Barty enters the match without dropping a set during the tournament since meeting Carla Suarez Navarro in the opening round. She also holds the edge in previous meetings with Pliskova by winning five of their seven encounters and the last three in a row.
However, Pliskova did win their last match on grass five years ago after Barty won their first grass encounter in 2012. Their most recent clash came at the quarterfinals in Stuttgart earlier this year when Barty fought back from a set down to take the battle in three sets. Barty also beat Pliskova in the Miami Open in 2019 but Pliskova won their only previous Grand slam match at the 2018 US Open.
Pliskova finished as runner-up in the 2016 US open and will be playing in her second Grand Slam Final. Barty captured the French Open in 2019 and is hoping to won her second major championship. This will be the first women’s singles final to feature two first-time finalists since Virginia Wade of the UK beat Betty Stove of Holland in 1977.
Barty is the first Australian to reach the Women’s Final since Evonne Goolagong won it back in 1980. Barty suffered a hip injury during the French Open and had to pull out from her second-round match there but has been fit as a fiddle during Wimbledon.
She had to be at her best to beat Kerber in the semifinals as her opponent was riding a 10-match winning streak on the grass. Kerber was up 5-2 during the second set but Barty remained calm and fought back effectively.
Pliskova’s serve was in fine form in her semifinal showdown with Sabalenka even though she struggled slightly in the first set when Sabalenka smashed nine aces, reaching 120 miles-per-hour. Pliskova began to impose herself in the second set and dropped only two points on serve. She then jumped into a 2-0 lead during the third set and wrapped up the victory with her 13th ace of the match.
The win over second-seeded and fourth-ranked Sabalenka will see Pliskova, who was once ranked the number one female tennis player in the world, return to the women’s top-10 ranking after recently dropping out of it for the first time since August, 2016.
She came into this year’s Wimbledon tournament in poor form with three consecutive losses but has improved steadily with each passing round, much like Barty has. In fact, Sabalenka is the only woman to beat Barty in a WTA Final in the current season.
As far as betting goes for the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Final this weekend, Barty is the favorite with Bet365 oddsmakers at 4/9 to win the match while Pliskova is 15/8.
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