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Reality is better than dreams: Party Wimbledon celebrates victory

It was a long and clear affair before the women’s final at Wimbledon shook to the Ashley party. Two days after the win against Angelique Gerber, the world number one tennis nation finally allows Australia to cheer. Carolina Bliskova also cries later.

Winner Ashley kisses the party trophy. Photo: Peter Nichols / PA Wire / DPA (Image: DPA)
(Photo: Peter Nichols / PA Wire / DPA)

LONDON – The moment the dream of winning Wimbledon has finally come true, Ashley Party welcomes tears into her eyes.

The 25-year-old Australian put his hands on his face and bent over the grass with wet eyes after his final opponent Carolina Bliskova put a backhand in the net.

With a 6: 3, 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 3 against the Czechs, the party ended Australia’s endless waiting time for the next Wimbledon winner after 41 years and then entered his team’s box on center court. From the hands of the Duchess Gate – green dress, white pumps – world number one has long since adopted the Venus Rosewater dish.

Tears flow after the end

“It simply came to our notice then. I didn’t sleep much last night, I just imagined what everything would be like, ”he said at the awards ceremony. After chatting with Kate and Prince William from the pitch, the tension eased significantly and tears flowed again in their team circle.

Even the defeated Bliskova could not back down from the awards ceremony. “I enjoyed every minute of playing on this court,” the 29-year-old said. She got nothing more. “I never cried, now …” she apologized. Bliskova will have to wait for her first victory in a Grand Slam match. The former world number one lost in the US Open final in 2016 and then lost to Angelique Gerber in the semifinals against the party on Thursday. “No matter what trophy we have, we’ve been here for two incredible weeks,” he stressed to his team with German coach Sacha Baz.

The party cheers the Australians on

This is the second title in one of the four Grand Slam tournaments since winning the French Open 2019, according to the party. The last Australian to date, Evon Cooling Cowley won the pitch in London in 1980. In men’s racing, Layton Hewitt last became an Australian in 2002.

The party was in the lead 3-0 six minutes later. The first 14 points went to the all-rounder from near Brisbane, who then put a backhand in the net. 15,000 spectators on the center court applauded when Bliskova won the first point that gave her the 13th place in the world. But the Czech with such strong service was 0: 4 behind after a double error. With a faint smile, recording the first game victory at 1: 4, the party stumbled for the first time in its own service.

Women’s tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King enthusiastically discussed what happens when they change hands directly behind the Duchess of Gate and Prince William in the royal box. Navratilova explained directly to Kate what was going on in the meadow. On the third attempt they saw how Bliskova could not get his service, but then the match looked a little better even though the set was gone.

Four weeks after Barbora Grijikova’s stunning French Open plot, the next Czech victory in the second set was 1: 3. But Party showed nerves with a finish line in sight and lost his service with a 6: 5 lead. A double mistake from her decided the competing tiebreaker. But Bliskova gave the party a break, advancing 2-0 with a slight volley error in a decisive set. This time the favorite took the lead, and after 1:55 she was able to cheer up with relief.

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