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Ash Barty hails ‘miracle’ Wimbledon win after injury race as Brits make history

Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy and the Ladies’ Singles Board after winning her Ladies' Singles Final match against Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic on Day Twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England.

Barty won the title in fine fashion (Picture: Getty Images)

Ash Barty admitted it was a ‘miracle’ she was able to win the women’s singles Wimbledon on a day when British players triumphed in their droves.

Barty, the world No. 1 from Australia, was a doubt to compete at the All England Club after she retired from the second round of the French Open last month.

She admitted after he final win over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday that it was a ‘two-month injury’, with her team purposefully hiding details of the left hip issue from her in order to boost her chances of making it to SW19.

Not only did she make it but she won the title without a warm-up match and admitted she was ‘pain-free’ throughout the fortnight.

‘Just even chatting to my team now, once we’ve come off the court, they kept a lot of cards close to their chest and didn’t tell me a lot of the odds, didn’t tell me a lot of the I suppose information that they’d got from other specialists,’ said Barty in her post-match press conference after the 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 win.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room after winning her Ladies' Singles Final match against Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic  on Day Twelve of The Championships - Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England.

Barty faced a race against time to be fit (Picture: Getty)

‘There weren’t too many radiologists in Australia who had seen my injury. In a sense, it was a two-month injury. Being able to be able to play here at Wimbledon was nothing short of a miracle.

‘I think them not telling me that just proved how much we were against the odds. I think now to be playing pain-free through this event was incredible. It’s funny, sometimes the stars align, you can think positively, you can plan, and sometimes the stars do align, you can chase after your dreams.

‘Certainly now chatting to them it looked a lot less likely than I felt statistically. I think it’s been an incredible month.’

Barty, 25, had earlier struggled to hold back the tears at a mention of Evonne Goolagong Cawley in her on-court interview.

Goolagong Cawley was the last Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title, some 41 years ago, and this tournament marked the 50th anniversary of her first triumph here.

‘Evonne is a very special person in my life,’ she added. ‘I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dreams. She’s done exactly that for me as well.

‘I think being able to share that with her and share some pretty special victories now with her, to be able to create my own path is really incredible, really exciting.

‘She’s just been an icon for years and years, not just on the tennis court. Her legacy off the court is incredible. I think if I could be half the person that Evonne is, I’d be a very, very happy person.

‘I think being able to have a relationship with her and talk with her through my experience, knowing she’s only ever a phone call away is really, really cool.’

While Barty’s win was the headline news of the day, it was a successful day for several other Brits.

For the first time since 1934, there will be three British players in the mixed doubles final.

Joe Salisbury, Britain’s top men’s double player, has reached the final with Harriet Dart and they will face Liverpudlian Neal Skupski and American Desiree Krawczyk.

Britains's Alfie Hewett (R) and Gordon Reid pose with the trophy after defeating Netherland's Tom Egberink and Belgium's Joachim Gerard in the final of the men's wheelchair doubles on the twelfth day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2021.

Reid and Hewett won the wheelchair men’s doubles (Picture: AFP via Getty)

To add an extra bit of flavour to the final, Salisbury and Krawczyk are regular partners in the mixed doubles scene and won the French Open together last month.

There were two major success stories in the wheelchair events.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won Wimbledon for a fourth time. They defeated Dutch-Belgian pair Tom Egberink and Joachim Gerard.

This, incredibly, was the British duo’s seventh successive Grand Slam title together in men’s doubles.

Jordanne Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji claimed a fifth Wimbledon win.

They defeated Whiley’s compatriot Lucy Shukur and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.

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