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Ashleigh Barty targets Olympic gold after Wimbledon triumph

Ashleigh Barty is aiming to join Steffi Graf (1988), Venus Williams (2000), and Serena Williams (2012), as the only women in the Open era to win Wimbledon and Olympic singles gold in the same year.

By: Reuters |
Updated: July 12, 2021 4:51:39 pm
Ashleigh Barty poses with the Wimbledon trophy after her win in Saturday's final. (Reuters)

Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty has set her sights on Olympic glory after the Australian claimed her second Grand Slam title at the All England Club over the weekend.

The World No. 1 defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in Saturday’s final to emulate her idol and Australian great Evonne Goolagong, who triumphed at the grasscourt major in 1971.

Barty, 25, heads into the July 23-August 8 Tokyo Games aiming to join Steffi Graf (1988) and the Williams sisters, Venus (2000) and Serena (2012), as the only women in the Open era to win Wimbledon and Olympic singles gold in the same year.

“Being able to represent Australia at the Olympics is going to be an awesome experience and it’s important over this next period to celebrate the fact we’ve achieved something really special at Wimbledon,” Barty told Australian media.

“I have a lot of other goals, dreams that are in my mind and within my team and we’ll certainly reset in the next couple of days … enjoy some time together and then we go again. But really looking forward to the Olympics,” she added.

The 2019 French Open champion had said it was miracle she even had the chance to play at Wimbledon after a hip injury forced her to retire in the Roland Garros second round.

“In the last six weeks I’ve cried a lot. A lot of it was through heartbreak at the French and now, through a sense of joy and happiness and how much everything has changed,” Barty said. “We said from the French there will be a silver lining and we’ve found it,” she added.

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