Ashleigh Barty is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her childhood idol by winning Wimbledon today, 41 years on from Evonne Goolagong Cawley. The last Australian woman to win Wimbledon, Barty has paid tribute to Cawley throughout the tournament with her skirt and top, similar to the one worn by her compatriot in her victorious 1971 final.
With today marking the 50th anniversary of Goolagong Cawley’s first triumph, Barty said: “To give myself a chance to create some history that’s almost like a tribute to her is really exciting. It’s a really special anniversary for Evonne.”
Looking to deny her is the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, the former world No 1 who is only into the second Grand Slam final of her career.
She lost the 2016 US Open final but is hoping to go one better this time around in what is by far her best run at SW19. She had never previously progressed past the fourth round of this tournament.
“I think I still half can’t believe it,” Pliskova admitted of her Wimbledon run thus far.
“Coming into this tournament, the dream was to make the second week because I was not in the second week for a while. I never thought about maybe going into the final.”
You can follow live updates of Barty vs Pliskova with Express Sport below.
2:00pm: The players are out on court now and warming up for the biggest match of their careers.
Pliskova looks the more relaxed of the two players but she always does!
And by the way, what a wonderful sight it is to have a full capacity crowd for this final.
John McEnroe on the BBC believes this match will go the distance and has picked Barty to edge it.
Both players were out practising next to each other earlier on…
1:40pm: “Nobody even mentioned her name coming into this tournament,” 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert makes a good point on the BBC about Pliskova.
It really has been a poor season for the Czech until this point but she’s turned it around to reach her first Wimbledon final.
1.30pm: World No 1 Barty has seen off Anna Blinkova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krecjikova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Angelique Kerber to reach this stage.
While Pliskova has defeated Donna Vekic, Tereza Martincova, Ludmilla Samsonova, Viktorija Golubic and Aryna Sabalenka to get to the final.
The Australian and the Czech have met seven times before this, with Barty coming out on top five times to Pliskova’s two.
But will that matter today? Pliskova will certainly hope not, though she has lost all of the last three meetings.
1.15pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the Wimbledon women’s final.
Will it be Ashleigh Barty or Karolina Pliskova who come out victorious this afternoon?
Stick with us to find out as we cover the action game-by-game from the Wimbledon Centre Court.
The match gets underway at 2pm UK time.
Author: Isaac Seelochan
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