Australia’s Ashleigh Barty played in the semi-finals against Germany’s Angelik Kelber at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships held in London, England on July 8, 2021. (Paul Childs / Reuters)
London — After defeating former champion Angelique Kerber 6–3 7–6 (3) on Thursday, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian woman to advance to the Wimbledon singles final for 41 years.
The 25-year-old aims to emulate Yvonne Gouragon, who won his second Wimbledon victory in 1980.
After saving breakpoints in a nervous opening game on a sunny center court, the world’s number one Bertie was the best on the first set when her all-court game ran over the grass.
33-year-old Kerber took advantage of all his surface experience to counterattack in the second set and appeared ready to bring it to the deciding factor when serving 5–3.
However, Bertie returned to the ditch and fell in love.
Carver’s match ended with a tiebreaker, and Bertie soared to a 6-0 lead, missing three match points but never missing a chance.
Netbackhand from Kerber sent Bertie, who won the 2019 French Open, to her second Grand Slam final.
She will face Karolina Pliskova or second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday’s showpiece. This is the first time both finalists have entered the first Wimbledon final since 1977.