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Ashleigh Barty wins second career Grand Slam

Tennis

The GIST: Of all of the exciting sports finals over the weekend, only one made San Antonio Spurs star Patty Mills and our entire GIST team tear up: Ashleigh Barty’s hard-fought Wimbledon win.

July 12, 2021
Source: Ash Barty/Twitter
Source: Ash Barty/Twitter

Women’s singles: Ten years after winning the Wimbledon juniors title, the 25-year-old Australian won her second career Grand Slam on Saturday in a three-set showdown against Karolina Plíšková (pronounced plish-KOH-va), achieving a lifelong dream

  • With the win, Barty became the first Australian woman and first Indigenous Australian to win at Wimbledon since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley did so in 1980. Incredible.

Men’s singles: It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Italy yesterday. Before the Euro final, Italian Matteo Berrettini lost the men’s final in four sets to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who recorded his 20th career Grand Slam. 

  • The title ties Djokovic with his other “Big Three” rivals — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — for the most men’s singles titles in tennis history. Talk about a juggernaut.

Next up: The end of Wimbledon marks the end of grass court season. Most stars will begin prepping for the Olympics, while the rest of the tour moves stateside for August’s North American tournaments ahead of the final major of the year, the U.S. Open.