Barty gets to party

Ash Barty picked up her second Grand Slam with a blistering start in defeating Carolina Pliskova in three sets to win the Wimbledon women's singles title Saturday.

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July 12, 2021 - 9:40 AM

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic in the Wimbledon women's singles finals in 2021. Photo by Simon Bruty / AELTC / Pool / Getty Images / TNS

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Ash Barty got off to a perfect start in the Wimbledon final by collecting the first 14 points, then needed to hold off a comeback bid before beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Saturday for her second Grand Slam title.

The top-seeded Barty adds this championship to the one she won at the French Open in 2019.

She is the first Australian woman to win the singles trophy at the All England Club since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. Barty says she has been inspired by Goolagong and wore an outfit at Wimbledon that was a tribute to the dress Goolagong played in when she won the tournament for the first time in 1971.

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