Karolína Plíšková lost in the Wimbledon final to world number one Ashleigh Barty from Australia 3: 6, 7: 6, 3: 6. The Czech player still failed to win the grand slam tournament.
Anglique Kerberová from Germany missed the first chance to win a “big” title five years ago at the US Open. On Saturday in London, the native of Louny lost to the Australian after a minute and two hours of pure play.
Thanks to her first participation in the Wimbledon final, Plíšková will move to seventh place in the world rankings.
The last Czech Wimbledon winner remains Petra Kvitova, who won the London tournament in 2011 and 2014. The famous grass grandslam was also won by Jana Novotná (1998) and nine-time record holder Martina Navrátilová, but she won all the titles under the American flag.
“I enjoyed every minute”
“I enjoyed every minute on this court,” Plíšková said after the final on the court and cried with emotion. The audience rewarded her with applause. “I never cry. Ash played a great match. I fought what I could. In the end, it doesn’t matter what trophy I have, it’s been a great two weeks,” said the Czech tennis player.
Plíšková had a terrible introduction, reminiscent of the finals in Rome, where she caught two “canaries!” From Polka Iga Šwiateková. fourteen balls in a row and in 11 minutes she lost 0: 4 after a double mistake.
Only then did Barty show nervousness, and after a series of mistakes, she gave Plíšková her presentation. However, the Czech Republic did not even maintain its third service. In the next game, she indicated that she would not hand in the final. After great returns, she reduced to 2: 5, then finally kept the serve, but did not save the first set.
Plíšková’s game reached the level she presented at Wimbledon. Although she lost the service to 1: 3, she helped herself with an ace at 2: 3 and immediately after a great return she leveled the step to 3: 3. She wasn’t so much on the defensive anymore, and a certain Barty had been more corrupt by then.
The third set was dominated by the opponent
At 5: 5, Plíšková led 40-0 in her service, but underestimated the call to the abandoned court, sent the ball into the net and lost the service. Barty suddenly served to win, but she couldn’t bear the weight of the moment. She made a double mistake and after another minutes she let Plíšková into a tie-break, in which the Czech Republic gained a 6: 2 lead and in the third set the opponent made a double mistake.
Plíšková did not enter the decisive set even well. In the second game, she chose a weaker moment and lost another service after another double mistake and a spoiled call. In the rest of the set, both players have already maintained their serve in tense exchanges. Plíšková had a 4: 5 breakball in front of actor Tom Cruise, but she sent a backhand to the car. Barty prepared an ace ball and the Czech Republic hit the net with it.
“It’s unbelievable,” Barty said, congratulating Plíšková on a great tournament. “I like our fights and I believe that more will come,” added the Australian woman, who won 1.7 million pounds (49.3 million crowns) for winning. Plíšková collected a check for 900 thousand pounds, approximately 23.4 million crowns, before participating in the finals.
“I didn’t get much sleep before the finals and I had doubts about what would happen when… But it’s a dream come true and I hope Evonne is proud of me,” said Barty, only the fourth player in the open era to win the junior title (2011). she triumphed at Wimbledon and among women. Before her, British tennis player Ann Haydon Jones, Swiss Martina Hingisová and Amélie Mauresmová from France did it.
Twenty-five-year-old Barty played her second grand slam final and beat her Czech opponent again. Last year, in the fight for the title at Roland Garros, she defeated Markéta Vondroušová. At Wimbledon, she became the first Australian winner since Evonne Goolagong’s triumph in 1980.
Junior Fruhvirt did not reach the final
Tennis player Linda Fruhvirt was eliminated in the singles singles at Wimbledon in the semifinals. The 16-year-old eight, who has never gone so far in a grand slam tournament, lost on the grass of London to Anne Mintegio, a year older from Spain, 3: 6, 5: 7.
The older of the Fruhvirt sisters will not follow Linda Nosková at Wimbledon, who won the title at the clay Roland Garros and became the first Czech junior grand slam champion since 2014, when Marie Bouzková triumphed at the US Open.
At Wimbledon, Fruhvirt will still have a chance in doubles, in which she forms the second pair with 18-year-old Russian Polina Kuděrmětová. Sofia Costoulas and Laura Hietaranta will play in the finals with the Belgian-Finnish duo.
Wimbledon Tennis in London (grass, £ 35 million grant):
Singles – Final:
Barty (1-Austr.) – Karolina Pliskova (8-CR) 6: 3, 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 3.
Mintegiová (Šp.) – L. Fruhvirt (8-CR) 6: 3, 7: 5.