Ashleigh Barty defeated Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon semi-final to reach the final at the Championships for the first time in her career. The world no. 1 won 6-3, 7-6(3) in an hour and 27 minutes.
Barty dominated Kerber to start the match, quickly racing to a 3-0 lead. The Australian did struggle with her serves but she was able to keep her opponent at bay with exceptional shot-making. In the ninth game, while serving for the set, Barty faced a break-back point but went on to save it with some gutsy play before capturing the set and the lead in the match.
The second set began in the same way as the first. Only this time, it was Kerber who started off on the front foot. The German built a 5-2 lead and even served to level the match at a set apiece in the ninth game. However, Barty broke back and then went on to consolidate the break to love to bring the set back on par at five-all. While neither player lost her grip on her serve thereafter, in the tie-break, Barty ran away with the points and in what seemed like no time, had raised five match points. While Kerber succeeded in fending off two, she couldn’t stave off the rest and had to concede defeat in the match.
Ashleigh Barty finally comes through at Wimbledon
The top seed won 88% of her first-serve points to her opponent’s 64%. She also saved five of the six break points she faced while converting two of the four break points, she had on Kerber’s serve. The Australian had more than twice as many winners as Kerber – 38 to the latter’s 16 – and seven fewer unforced errors 16 to the latter’s 23.
Ashleigh Barty’s win over Angelique Kerber also ended the German’s winning streak of 10 matches, dating back to the Bad Homburg Open. At Wimbledon, the top seed has now reached her second Major final, after the 2019 French Open final.