On Saturday, Ashleigh Barty beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon championship.
50 years to the day after fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her first title.
The 25-year-old Australian, who won the French Open earlier this year, adds the Wimbledon trophy to her collection.
Her custom-designed dress was inspired by the legendary scallop gown worn by Cawley in 1971.
Similarly, Barty was realising a childhood ambition. “It took me a long time to verbalise, to dare to think it and utter it,” she said.
Since Serena Williams’ three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in 2012.
In addition, Barty is the first No. 1 seeded woman to win the tournament since Williams in 2016.
Following a scorching start in which she won the opening 14 points, Barty soared to a 4-0 lead and appeared to be cruising to victory.
When serving for the second set at 6-5, Pliskova remained composed while Barty wavered.
Barty vs Pliskova, Wimbledon final Highlights
Tennis player Ashleigh Barty won her first Wimbledon championship after beating Karolina Pliskova in three sets (6-3, 6-7, 6-3).
After falling behind 5-2 and 6-4 in the second set, Karolina Pliskova battled back to win 7-6 (7-4) and force a deciding third set.
In the championship match, Ashleigh Barty took the opening set against Karolina Pliskova. Barty jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Pliskova battled back to force a tiebreaker and eventually win, 5-3.
Despite suffering two previous service losses, Barty easily won her set-clinching service game and the match.
Nothing Was Able to Stop Ashleigh Barty From Taking the Wimbledon Title
Ashleigh Barty had come to these shores to win the Wimbledon championship, and nothing was going to stand in her way.
Not the pressure of the moment, which pushed her to the edge of her sanity, not the historical significance of her run.
Which was influenced by her hero and mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley down to the scalloped pattern on her dress, and not even her formidable, resilient opponent on the other side of the net.
The 25-year-old Barty rode her nerves in a desperately stressful encounter between two world number ones to win her second grand slam title.
Beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 and became the first Australian woman and proud Indigenous woman to win Wimbledon since Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
Barty’s biggest stumble occurred at the end of the second set. She was up 6-5 on her serve and serving for the match when she hit two consecutive forehands out of bounds and was broken.
She then looked jittery in the next tiebreaker and gave up the lead by double-faulting. Barty, though, broke early in the third set and never looked back.
Prevailing in the first women’s Wimbledon final to go the distance since 2012. It was also the first match at the All England Club to include two players who had never advanced that far in the tournament before.