‘This is incredible’: Ash Barty through to Wimbledon final
Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty is on the cusp of winning a second grand slam title.
The world number one beat Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the Wimbledon semis to progress to the final.
Speaking about her 6-3, 7-6 (3) win, Barty said it’s “as good a tennis match as I’ll ever play”.
“I’m incredibly proud of myself and my team and now, we get the chance on Saturday to live out a childhood dream,” she said.
“Angie’s an incredible competitor and she brought out the best in me today.”
Barty will take on Karolína Plíšková tomorrow.
The last Australian woman to play in a Wimbledon final was Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
3AW’s tennis correspondent at Wimbledon, Craig Gabriel, says Barty is loved by tennis fans all over the world for her likeable personality.
“She’s just so Australian. She is so easy, so down to earth, just a very nice person. She just gets on with things, no fussing,” he told Stephen Quartermain and Emily Power, filling in for Ross and Russel.
“She’s very much like Evonne, actually.”
He says it’s “not going to be easy” to get past Pliskova in the final, “but Ash is just the type of person that could probably do it”.
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