Barty lives the dream – Day 12 Wimbledon.

This might not have reached the heights of some finals but there have been plenty worse. What was clear was how much both players wanted it. That may sound strange, it is a Wimbledon final, of course, they want it. Players can fold in these situations though or even capitulate and that can cloud the performance. That wasn’t the case here. Pliskova had a couple of sloppy service games and it was one too many in the end and that cost her the match.

Barty got off to the much stronger start and had the break to show for it, it was what she deserved as she came out hitting winners and settled much the quicker of the two. It was enough for the set. After leading by a set and a break you thought this could be quite quick. When serving for the match at 6/5 the Aussie did flinch and you could see an edginess in a forehand drive that was dumped in the net in that game in particular. Pliskova had started to play much better in the latter half of the set though and you could sense a momentum shift when she broke back. Sure enough, she took the breaker and was playing some of her best stuff at this stage. One point that culminated in a forehand smash after a long exchange was superb. She had to maintain this if she was going to win the title. Losing her opening service game in the decider was something she didn’t recover from and though she managed to keep Barty honest the top-seed proved she had what it takes by serving it out comfortably this time around. It was ice cool.

Barty followed in Pat Cash’s footsteps with the now more traditional climb up to the player’s box. She has mentioned several times en-route to the final about fulfilling a childhood dream at Wimbledon and that dream is now well and truly a reality. It has been a bit of a mini-renaissance these last couple of weeks for Pliskova. There was certainly a bit more steel in her performances and when in trouble she found her way out of it several times including against Sabalenka in the last round. However, as is rightly the case, the player who performs most consistently and has that little bit extra in the big moments walks away with the trophy. Ash Barty did that time and time again in each matchup.

Su-Wei Hsieh and Elise Mertens won the Ladies Doubles. They came back from the brink of defeat against Elena Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova. who served for it in the second and third sets. Hsieh/Mertens eventually won this 9/7 in the decider and Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic defeated Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in four sets to lift the Men’s title.

Andy Del Potro (Al Davies).

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