Ash Barty is one victory away from securing a second grand slam singles title, but a former world No. 1 stands in her way.
The Australian powerhouse will take on Czech star Karolina Pliskova on Saturday evening AEST, with both players eyeing a maiden Wimbledon title.
While Barty claimed a breakthrough grand slam title at the French Open in 2019, Pliskova is still searching for her first major crown.
Barty had never progressed beyond the last 16 at the All England Club before this year, but is two sets away from becoming Australia’s first female Wimbledon champion since fellow Indigenous star Evonne Goolagong Cawley achieved the feat in 1980.
What time is Barty’s final?
Barty’s match against Pliskova will start at 11pm AEST on Saturday evening, which is 2pm local time in London.
How can I watch?
Barty’s clash will be shown on Nine and 9Gem on free-to-air TV, while you can also stream it on Nine Now.
The match will also be streamed live on Stan Sport.
Karolina Pliskova.Source:Getty Images
Ash Barty.Source:Getty Images
What is Barty’s record like against Pliskova?
Barty and Pliskova have played each other seven times before, with the Aussie emerging victor on five occasions.
Most recently, Barty defeated the Czech star 2-6 6-1 7-5 in the quarter-finals at Stuttgart earlier this year.
The pair have not faced each other on a grass court since 2016, where the Queenslander clinched a narrow 7-6 7-6 win.
Barty’s road to the semi-final
Round 1: Beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-7 6-1
Round 2: Beat Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-3
Round 3: Beat Katerina Siniakova 6-3 7-5
Round 4: Beat Barbora Krejcikova 7-5 6-3
Quarter-final: Beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 6-3
Semi-final: Beat Angelique Kerber 6-3 7-6
Is Barty still world No. 1?
Yes, by beating fellow Australian Tomljanovic in the quarter-finals, Barty ensured she will remain the world No. 1 after Wimbledon even if she loses to Pliskova.
– with James Matthey
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