Incredible Ash Barty moment not seen at Wimbledon in 21 years

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Ash Barty, pictured here sealing her place in the Wimbledon semi-finals with an ace.
Ash Barty sealed her place in the Wimbledon semi-finals with an ace.

Ash Barty has become the first Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in 21 years, blitzing compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Barty outclassed 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.

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Barty said she's living a dream after winning Wimbledon's battle of Australia on Centre Court to move into the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

The 25-year-old is the first Australian woman to reach the last four at Wimbledon since Jelena Dokic in 2000.

"It's the ultimate test," Barty about playing Kerber.

"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.

"This is a dream come true."

Playing in her first-ever grand slam quarter-final at the 27th time of asking, the 28-year-old Tomljanovic was valiant but outmatched, bewildered by Barty's all-court mastery.

Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic, pictured here embracing after their quarter-final clash at Wimbledon.
Ash Barty and Ajla Tomljanovic embrace after their quarter-final clash at Wimbledon. (Photo by AELTC/Florian Eisele - Pool/Getty Images)

"Ajla's an incredible competitor, I've practised with her a lot, we're Fed Cup teammates and she was always going to bring out the very best in me," Barty told the crowd after the nation's top two women players hugged at the net.

"She's had an incredible fortnight and I think all Aussies back home are bloody proud of her.

"This is a dream come true, genuinely it is."

Barty will next play the 2018 champion Kerber after the rejuvenated German 25th seed had earlier outclassed Czech Karolina Muchova, the No.19 seed, 6-2 6-3 on No.1 Court.

The other semi-final will pit Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the No.2 seed who ended Ons Jabeur's run 6-4 6-3, against Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Viktorija Golubic 6-2 6-2.

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Ash Barty ends Ajla Tomljanovic's remarkable Wimbledon run

Barty and Tomljanovic were playing the first all-Australian women's quarter-final at Wimbledin since Evonne Goolagong Cawley beat Wendy Turnbull 41 years ago.

Barty will be hoping it's a happy omen as Goolagong Cawley went on to win that year in 1980 and now she's just two matches away from becoming an Indigenous Australian champion herself, half a century since her idol and mentor won her first title here.

Again wearing a version of the iconic scalloped dress that Goolagong wore in that first 1971 title run, Barty's natural fluid game, with a 21st century layer of power, again evoked memories of the great ex-champion as she swept to victory with six breaks of serve.

Tomljanovic won her opening service game to love, but was then dismantled by Barty's array of shot-making, from the wicked slices that the Aussie No.2 just couldn't dig out to the top-spin forehands that arced past her in a 24-minute first set.

Tomljanovic, on her Centre Court debut, admitted she got a bit overwhelmed - mainly by Barty's brilliance.

"Everything started going really quickly, and she was playing well," she said.

"It felt a little bit, like, well, from the backhand side she's slicing, which I'm not liking, and from the forehand she's kind of moving me around the court. I was like, 'Well, where do I go?'"

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