Ash Barty has kept alive her dream of winning the women’s Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s first win by easing into the semi-finals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old outclassed unseeded compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3 to set up what promises to be a far more serious test of her ability on Thursday when she faces 2018 champion Angelique Kerber.
Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the last four at Wimbledon since Jelena Dokic in 2000.
“It’s the ultimate test,” said Barty. “Angie’s had success here before. I love that match-up. She knows her way around this court and I know I need to play well to give myself a chance in that match.
Ajla Tomljanovic and Ash Barty embrace after the match. Picture: AFP PhotosSource:AFP
“This is a dream come true.”
Barty seized control of the match from the outset, breaking Tomljanovic twice early as she raced to take out the opening set 6-1.
Tomljanovic rallied briefly, breaking Barty to start the second.
However, she lost her serve immediately and her next one as well to give Barty the break she required.
Tomljanovic — whose Last 16 match had been much later than Barty’s on Monday — did break back to trail 4-3.
However, typical of the clash no sooner had she suggested a fightback, Barty upped a gear and she reeled off the next three games to progress.
Barty has moved around court with little sign of any after effects from the hip injury that forced her to retire from the French Open.
Ash Barty has booked her place in the Wimbledon semis. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
She feels also that her game is less encumbered by unforced errors and weak serving that were a feature of her early round matches.
“I think today I was able to use my weapons a little bit better,” she said.
“I certainly wasn’t as loose as I have been with errors and kind of ill-timed lapses, I suppose.
“But I felt really sharp today.”
Barty in typical sportsmanlike style praised her opponent.
“All Aussies back home are proud of her and it was bloody nice to share the court with her today.”
Tomljanovic, for her part, conceded the occasion and the status of her opponent had got to her.
“The fact that it was Centre Court, quarters for the first time, did play a role in playing against Ash, someone that looked very much at home,” she said.
“It was not easy.”
Originally published asBarty’s Wimbledon dream set for ‘ultimate test’
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