“Stars lined up” Ashleigh Barty’s icon Evonne Goolagong wins 50th anniversary of Cawley’s Wimbledon | Tennis news

Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty says it could be “half a person” for her native compatriot and two-time Wimbledon winner Conneley Conneley Evonne Goolagong would be “very happy”. Barty overcame some of the excitement – he was broken while serving the game in the second set – he beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 and sparked the feeling that he had never lived. before the tennis court. The 25-year-old Victory is extraordinary for him as he arrives on the 50th anniversary of his “friend and tutor” Cawley’s first win at the All England Club.

“The stars have lined up for me over the last fortnight,” Barty said.

“It’s completely unbelievable that it happened on the 50th anniversary of Evonne’s first title here.”

Barty (who won a Wimbledon junior title in 2011) said he was able to play “Miracle” when he learned of the seriousness of the hip injury that forced him to retire from the French Open last month. was.

However, Cawley was dominated by his thoughts – he shed a tear when he mentioned the 69-year-old now immediately after his victory – and, in fact, his match kit.

She wore a dress designed specifically as a tribute to Cawley’s iconic scallop dress in the 1971 final.

“Evonne is a very special person in my life,” Barty said.

“I think it has been iconic to pave the way for indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and pursue their dream.

“He’s done that for me too. His legacy off the court is incredible.

“I think if I were half the person Evonne is, I would be a very, very happy person.”

Barty spoke to Cawley before The Championships and if he has any doubts that he has managed to hold on to the other end of the phone is never a big consolation.

“I think it’s great to be able to have a relationship with him and be able to talk to him through my experience, just by making a phone call,” Barty said.

“Hopes and dreams”

Master Barty is keeping his emotions hidden on the court, the occasional fist pump or the size of his big toes, but he broke down on Saturday when he came out on the court.

Whether it was his tremendous achievement – he added to the 2019 French Open title – his reflections on Cawley or how his team told him how well he came to fit in, he buried himself in his boyfriend Gary Kissick. shoulder.

“They (the team) had a lot of cards close to their chests and they didn’t tell me a lot of probabilities. They didn’t tell me a lot of information I received from other Specialists.” he said.

“There weren’t too many radiologists in Australia who saw my injury.

“In a sense, it was a two-month injury. Being able to play here at Wimbledon was just a miracle.”

Barty said that when he beat the 2018 champion Angelique Kerber in the finals, he fulfilled his childhood dream by entering the Wimbledon finals.

“I think so,” he said after Saturday’s win.

“I basically feel like Wimbledon was born in tennis.

“So many hopes and dreams arose here.”

Barty made nice compliments to Pliskova.

“I’ve tried to live with the values ​​that my parents have instilled in me,” she said.

“I mean, it’s more important to be a good person than to be a good tennis player.


“Being able to learn from my parents and my siblings, my family was a massive part of my education.

“I was just lucky to have the opportunity to learn how to play the game of tennis.”

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