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Barty gets first Wimbledon title after outlasting Pliskova

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World number one Ash Barty overcame a second-set hiccup as she defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 on Saturday to become the first women’s Wimbledon champion from Australia in 41 years. Barty, 25, emulated her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who won in 1971 and 1980, with victory in 1 hour 55 minutes against the 13th-ranked Czech Pliskova. Barty wasted a 3-1 lead and failed to serve out the match at 6-5 in the second set before finally crying tears of joy after prevailing on first match point in what became a classy affair in front of an enthusiastic centre court crowd. It was the sec…

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