Wimbledon 2021: Karolina Pliskova beat 2nd seed Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to set up the women’s singles final clash vs top seed Ash Barty.
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova reached her maiden Wimbledon final after coming back from a set down to beat world number four Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 at Centre Court on Thursday. Live Score
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The 29-year-old Czech Republic goes into Saturday’s final looking to capture her maiden Grand Slam title, having only ever reached one other final when she finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open.
It sounds amazing to be in the final as I never got past the fourth round here before,” said Pliskova who squandered all eight break points she created in the first set.
“I had so many chances in the first set and I got frustrated. A lot of credit to her, she played a great match.
“I’m super happy to have found a way to win.”
She plays so fast. I didn’t have time to think about what I needed to do. She’s super powerful.”
World number one Barty earlier defeated 2018 champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in her semi-final.
Pliskova will face another Wimbledon final debutant in Australian world number one Ash Barty, who beat 2018 champion, Kerber, earlier on Thursday.
Pliskova had never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon but showed great resilience in coming from behind to beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. It was a rare feat by Pliskova as in the previous 33 semi-finals only two players had reached the final after losing the first set.
Pliskova found it hard going against 2nd seed Sabalenka, the first seeded player she had faced in this year’s tournament, and it showed as she dropped her first set on the only break point she faced with a double fault.
She made incursions on the 23-year-old’s booming serve, which reached speeds of 193 kilometres per hour, to clinch a break to love midway through the second set from which she served out to level the match.