Wimbledon 2021: Barty overpowers Kerber and reaches the first final in London

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The top seeded Ash Barty was the first Australian to reach the individual finals at Wimbledon in 41 years after beating former champion Angelique Kerber 6: 3 7: 6 (3) on Thursday.

The 25-year-old now wants to emulate Evonne Goolagong, who won the second of her two Wimbledon crowns in 1980.

A first Wimbledon final. @AshBarty, 50 years later since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the Championships, a win is far from emulating her idol after beating Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (3) 🇦🇺 # Wimbledon pic.twitter . com / qgWxKoKYvI

– Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2021

After saving a breakpoint in a nervous opening game on a sunny center court, world number one Barty was sovereign in the first set as her all-court game flowed on the turf.

The 33-year-old Kerber used all her experience on the surface to hit back in the second set and seemed ready to make the decision on serve at 5-3.

But Barty got back into the groove and fell in love.

Kerber’s game broke off in the tie-break and Barty took the lead 6-0 and although she missed three match points, she never let her chance slip.

Just a young lady from Queensland, Australia living out her childhood dreams ☺️ #Wimbledon | @AshBarty pic.twitter.com/AKudrx09v6

– Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2021

A net backhand from Kerber put Barty in her second Grand Slam final after winning the French Open in 2019.

On Saturday she will meet Karolina Pliskova or the second seeded Aryna Sabalenka – the first time since 1977 that both finalists contest their first Wimbledon final.