July 08, 2021 6:24 PM
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Adam Evans

2021 Wimbledon Championships Women’s Final – Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova taking place? Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England

When is Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova on and what time does it start? Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova will take place on Saturday 10th July, 2021 – not before 14:00 (UK) / 09:00 (US EST)

What surface is Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova being played on? Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova will be played on an outdoor grass court

Where can I get tickets for Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova

What channel is Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova on? Coverage of Wimbledon is shared between BBC and Eurosport

Where can I stream Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova? If televised on BBC, this match can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. If the match is televised on Eurosport, subscribers can stream the match live on Eurosport Player

THE PREDICTION

World number one Ashleigh Barty put in one of the best performances of her career so far to reach the final for a first time via a straight-sets defeat of the 2018 champion Angelique Kerber. In a high-quality match from both players the Aussie rarely looked troubled and her much-lauded mentality looks to be the strongest of an incredible arsenal of weapons. 25-year-old Barty has not dropped a set since an emotionally charged first round with much-loved cancer survivor Carla Suarez Navarro and she has visibly improved with every passing round. That kind of momentum has taken her far before and no matter what happens in the final on Saturday she looks set for a career-year on the WTA tour. Having won the 2019 Roland-Garros title, Barty is yet to taste defeat in the final of a Grand Slam.

World number 13 Karolina Pliskova, however, has lost in the final of a major before as she finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber in 2016 and that sets up a nice parallel considering she beat Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals here. World number four Sabalenka is the only player to have beaten Barty in a WTA final this season and with both finalists taking out a potential nemesis this should be a really entertaining battle. 29-year-old Pliskova’s overall game has visibly improved in the space of just the last month after a fairly torrid season and with her game best-suited to grass this first Wimbledon final will mean a lot to the Czech.

Their head-to-head record makes grim reading for Pliskova as Barty leads 5-2 and has won each of the last three meetings since 2019, including in a final at the 2019 Miami Open. The Aussie has won their first meeting on grass as a prolific junior in 2012 but Pliskova returned the favour four years on and also owns the win from their only previous meeting at a Grand Slam from the 2018 US Open. All that only goes so far, though, after the exemplary performances the pair have put in over the last fortnight. Both players have dropped just one set, with Pliskova having her near-perfect serve broken just four times all campaign, whilst Barty’s innate ability to break-back is second to none on tour. It is always hard to side with a player in a Grand Slam final after the amount of work they have put in and Pliskova has every chance at claiming an elusive first Grand Slam title but Barty’s champion mentality should see her through here. In a likely enthralling, three-set showdown take the Aussie to win Wimbledon 2021.

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