joined 28 Jan 11
Posted - 04 Jul 2011 : 13:02:14
This should make Em proud. Well done to Ashleigh Barty from Ipswich . An Australian tennis star in the making.
QUEENSLANDER Ashleigh Barty has delivered a pair of historic firsts for Australia at Wimbledon by winning the girls' singles crown.
Barty is not only the first indigenous Australian to win a title at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong-Cawley's second triumph in 1980, but she also completed an unprecedented double.
For all its incredible achievement at the All England Club, Australia had never won the boys and girls' singles titles in the same year.
That all changed with 15-year-old Barty's excellent 7-5 7-6 (7-3) success over Russian third seed Irina Kromacheva.
The victory followed South Australian 17-year-old Luke Saville's three-set win in the boys' final over England's Liam Broady.
Ashleigh's parents were cheering her on from home in Springfield.
Father of Wimbledon winner reacts
Reporter Yolande Schefe speaks to Wimbledon winner Asheigh Barty's father Robert after the teenager's historic win
“We were just so pleased and so proud for how she handled herself, the way she managed the situation,” father Robert Barty said.
“It’s amazing, it really is. You always hope that your children can achieve some really special things, and what she’s doing - even if she didn’t win - the fact that she’s the number-one ranked girl for her age is phenomenal.
“It just blows us away.”
Mr Barty said he spoke with his daughter just after her win, before she had to speak to the waiting media.
“She was good - she’s excited. She’s a fairly contained little lass. She doesn’t give much away,” he said.
Mr Barty said Ashleigh had sent him a message to let the family know she was boarding the plane and would be home later this week.
The family will celebrate Ashleigh’s win with a barbecue at home.
Fittingly, the double came on the 40th anniversary of the last great Australian clean sweep at Wimbledon - Goolagong and John Newcombe's singles victories in 1971.
Barty is Australia's first girls' champion since Debbie Freeman in 1980. Saville was the first Australian to win the boys' event since Todd Reid in 2002.