World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will play big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships on Saturday, July 10. Get the live streaming options of this Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ashleigh Barty v Karolina Pliskova Head to Head
Barty and Pliskova have met six times in WTA tour matches before Saturday’s final. The Australian World No. 1 leads the head-to-head 4-2, winning the last three, including their most recent clash on the indoor clay of Stuttgart.
However, it is worth pointing out that their sole meeting in a Grand Slam before this was at the 2018 US Open which Pliskova won in straight sets.
Barty Beats Kerber to Reach Her First Wimbledon Final
Ever since Ashleigh Barty burst onto the scene in the 2018 season, her date with destiny was bound to happen at Wimbledon. Granted, the Australian won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2019, in almost unexpected fashion, her eye-soothing game was made for the grass courts.
Barty – a junior Wimbledon champion – earned a shot at the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday after upending former champion Angelique Kerber, winning 6-3 7-6 in an hour and 27 minutes.
The top seed fired 38 winners to just 16 unforced errors and saved five out of six breakpoints. There were ebbs and flows in the fiercely contested second set. The Aussie trailed 2-5, but produced a tremendous comeback which included a break to love whilst Kerber served to force a decider.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old’s class shone the brightest on the grandest stage. And 10 years on from winning the girl’s title at these parts, Barty will attempt to win become Australia’s first women’s singles champion at the All England Club since Evonne Goolagong Cawley captured the second of her Wimbledon titles in 1980.
Clinical Pliskova Ends Sabalenka’s Dream
A lot had been made about Karolina Pliskova’s cushy draw at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. As many as 16 seeded players had been sent packing in the first four days. And given that Pliskova had survived that onslaught unharmed, the big question was whether the Czech would address her recent slide by serving her way into the title picture.
And in picture-perfect style, Pliskova gave an emphatic answer. She did not drop a set until the semifinal where she faced the first seeded opponent this fortnight – the number two seed, Aryna Sabalenka.
Not many players can smack a tennis ball unerringly with such devastating power that can blow an opponent off the court. But Pliskova had Sabalenka’s number for the best part of their one-hour, 56-minute contest.
The Czech put Sabalenka’s serve under the microscope from early on. She fashioned eight breakpoints, but each time the Belarusian dug herself out with clutch serves and powerful winners. And when Sabalenka’s turn to stare at a breakpoint came in game 12, she duly converted when Pliskova produced a shock double fault.
But Pliskova stayed true to her roots despite dropping her first set this fortnight. Sabalenka’s return game was nonexistent in the next two sets, and her level dropped considerably. She won nine return points in those sets, further highlighting her own downfall.
Playing in her second Grand Slam final, Karolina Pliskova will attempt to follow the footsteps of the late Jana Novotna and Petra Kvitova, and become the third Wimbledon women’s singles champion from the Czech Republic. Can she defy the odds once more?
Barty v Pliskova Prediction and Tip
Pliskova’s serve will be central to her success on Saturday if she is to win her first Grand Slam title. She will need to serve big and impose herself on the Australian, which is very much within her capabilities.
Barty, however, is quite possibly the most gifted tennis player of her generation. Her rich game is a blend of a pacey first serve, an exceptional backhand slice, and some crisp groundstrokes.
The head-to-head between the pair cannot be ignored here. All six of their previous matches have been close contests that featured at least 20 games. We envisage Saturday’s final to tread the same line with the World No. 1 capturing a second Major crown.