Wimbledon women's final highlights: Barty beats Pliskova to win title
- Ashleigh Barty, world no 1, is won her first Wimbledon title
- Karolina Pliskova was bidding to win her first Grand Slam title
- The final was played on the Wimbledon Centre Court
Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty takes on Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon women's singles final. Barty is looking to win her first Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley's maiden crown. Barty is the first Australian women's finalist since Cawley won her second title in 1980.
In the semi-finals, Barty, world number 1, dug deep and dispatched 2018 champion, Angelique Kerber. Barty holds a firm head-to-head (4-2) record against Pliskova. This included their most recent meeting in Stuttgart on clay this year.
Here are the highlights of the Women's Singles Final:
20:40 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live match. Do tune back in tomorrow for the men's singles final. Until then, good night and take care!
20:35 IST: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty wins the 2021 Wimbledon women's singles title in three sets.
20:30 IST: Pliskova holds her serve. But Barty is serving for the title. Can she do it this time?
20:26 IST: Barty one game away from the Championship. Pliskova has a little smile on her face as she wins a small encounter with Barty.
20:21 IST: Pliskova holds her serve to trail Barty 2-4 in the final set. Barty has to wait a little bit longer for the Championship, it seems.
20:16 IST: Barty holds her serve against Pliskova to take a convincing 4-1 lead in the third set of women's singles final.
20:12 IST: Pliskova holds her serve for the first time in the third set. She trails Barty 1-3.
20:10 IST: It seems Barty is en route to her maiden Wimbledon title. She holds, she breaks and then holds again to take a 3-0 lead in the third set.
20:07 IST: Barty breaks Pliskova early, she leads Pliskova 2-0 in the third set.
20:03 IST: Ashleigh Barty starts the third set with an important hold. Can she capitalise on it or will Pliskova get the better of Barty?
19:57 IST: We go into the decider. Karolina Pliskova takes the second set 7-6(7/4). What a final this is turning out to be.
19:53 IST: Pliskova leads Barty 4-2 in the tiebreak. She is oozing confidence.
19:49 IST: Pliskova holds her calm and breaks Barty, the second set is level at 6-6. We've got a tie-break on our hands.
19:44 IST: A vital break for Barty, she leads Pliskova 6-5 in the second set. The Australian will now serve for the title.
19:36 IST: Rightly said: "A set down, it isn't mission impossible from here to win for Karolina Pliskova," tweets Wimbledon.
19:35 IST: Pliskova is back, it seems. She holds her serve again to lead Barty 5-4 in the second set. Can she break Barty and take the set or will we see a tie-breaker?
19:30 IST: What a final this is turning out to be! Pliskova draws level and then leads Barty 4-3 in the second set. GAME ON!
19:26 IST: A big forehand from Pliskova is an indication that she is gaining confidence. She draws levels at 3-3 as the final takes an interesting turn.
19:18 IST: Barty is edging closer to a historic title, she leads Pliskova 3-1 in the second set.
19:15 IST: Pliskova broken, the Aussie in full control now. She leads 2-1.
19:11 IST: A positive start to the second start. Pliskova holds her serve.
19:10 IST: Look who we got here in attendance:
19:07 IST: With a dominant performance, Ashleigh Barty takes the first set 6-3 against Karolina Pliskova.
19:04 IST: Pliskova gains steam in the first set, holds her serve to trail Barty 3-5 in the first set.
19:01 IST: Five breaks in the first seven games. This is a scintillating start to the women's singles final. Pliskova breaks Barty to trail 2-5 in the first set.
18:58 IST: It's another break. Barty now leads 5-1 in the first set. Just 20 minutes in the final, the Aussie is serving for the first set. Pliskova, on the other hand, can't believe her game. She has her head hung low.
18:54 IST: A little smile on Pliskova's face as she breaks Barty to get one on the board. She now trails Barty 1-4 in the first set.
18:50 IST: Barty breaks Pliskova for the second time in the first set. She now leads 4-0 in the first set. It has only been 11 minutes.
18:45 IST: The World No 1 is running away with the first set. She holds her serve to lead Pliskova 3-0.
18:42 IST: Barty breaks Pliskova early in the first set, leads 2-0.
18:35 IST: Ashleigh Barty won the toss and chose to serve first. Rightly so, she holds on to her serve and leads the first set with one game to love.
Pliskova's three-set semi-final win over Aryna Sabalenka featured few rallies of any great length -- the first set there were only two that went over nine exchanges. The Czech, though, showed her resilience in becoming only the third player in the last 34 Wimbledon women's semis to reach the final having lost the first set.
The ultimate bonus would be to win her first Grand Slam singles title -- she lost in her only previous appearance in the final of a major the 2016 US Open final -- and become the first Czech winner since Petra Kvitova won her second title in 2014.