From Ipswich to Wimbledon, Ash Barty has won the 2021 Wimbledon women’s singles title, 10-years after historically taking the junior All England title.
In the early hours of Sunday morning Australian time, Ash Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has congratulated Ash Barty on her stunning victory.
“Ash Barty will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes Queensland has produced,” she said.
“Her win last night was one for the ages – and an inspiration for young female and Indigenous athletes throughout the state.
“On behalf of all Queenslanders I’d like to say – well done Ash.
“From training at Richlands as a youngster to winning Wimbledon, Ash has come a long way.
“I can’t wait to see what she achieves in the future and I look forward to welcoming her back to Queensland later this year.”
It was celebrations all round for Australia at the All England Tennis Club after Dylan Alcott also took out the Quad Wheelchair Singles final.
It was the second Wimbledon win for 30 year old Alcott, with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Sam Schroder of The Netherlands.
Alcott is also on track for a rare ‘Golden Slam’ opportunity after victories in both the 2021 Australian and French Opens. If he can secure both the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open crown he will have achieved a feat for the ages.
Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Ash Barty was an inspiration for all Queenslanders and predicted more Grand Slam titles after she claimed her second major title last night, alongside the French Open in 2019.
“Ash is a proud indigenous Queenslander – a Ngaragu woman – and a terrific role model for junior players,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“She has fulfilled a childhood dream of being the first Australian to claim the women’s Wimbledon crown since her Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
“Ash is a quiet achiever and her tennis journey as world number one is set to continue as one of Queensland’s greats.
“Of course Ash joins Queensland’s current crop of tennis legends, including Ajla Tomljanovic, John Millman and Sam Stosur as part of the Australian Olympic team heading to Tokyo.
“We really are experiencing a Golden Age of Queensland tennis.”