Ashleigh Barty, world number one and Roland Garros champion in 2019, and Karolina Pliskova, who was the leader of the ranking in 2017 and finalist in the US Open in 2016, compete this Saturday (15:00, #Let’s go) in the Wimbledon final. This experience in the British tournament is new for both and it will be the first time since 1977 that two debutants in the last match of the women’s team fight to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish, a trophy with which the champion is awarded. 44 years ago, the British Virginia Wade and the Dutch Betty Stöve made their debut at the decisive event with the victory of the first. From then until now, there has always been at least one finalist who repeated participation.
For the fourth consecutive edition, a different winner will be crowned, as no one has managed to revalidate the championship since Serena Williams did it in 2016. Garbiñe Muguruza (2017), Angelique Kerber (2018) and Simona Halep (2019) are the latest winners.
Barty dominates Pliskova 5-2 in the head to head and has won the last three games. The 29-year-old Czech is the eleventh active tennis player with the most victories on grass (43) and the 25-year-old Australian is the third with the best winning percentage (78%) on that surface. Ash aspires to make a double at Wimbledon of junior title (he won it in 2011) and senior.
Results and women’s table calendar.