Question that brought Ash Barty to tears after Wimbledon triumph

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Ash Barty, pictured here breaking down in tears when asked about Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Ash Barty broke down in tears when asked about Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Image: Getty/Wimbledon

Ash Barty was momentarily reduced to tears during the trophy presentation at Wimbledon on Saturday after being asked how it felt to emulate her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Barty became the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon since Goolagong Cawley did so back in 1980, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 in a pulsating final.

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Her incredible triumph also came on the 50th anniversary of Goolagong Cawley's first Wimbledon title in 1971.

The World No.1 wept tears of joy after clinching victory, dropping to her haunches in disbelief after completing her childhood dream.

And she was brought to tears once more in the trophy presentation when asked about Goolagong Cawley.

"I hope I made Evonne proud," Barty said before breaking down.

Wearing her own version of the scalloped dress that a teenage Goolagong Cawley had worn at the All England Club in 1971, Barty paid the ultimate tribute to her idol.

Expanding on her closeness with the seven-time grand slam winner in her post-match press conference, Barty said: "It's incredible that it's happened to fall on the 50th anniversary of Evonne's first title here.

"Evonne is a very special person in my life. I think she has been iconic in paving a way for young Indigenous youth to believe in their dreams and to chase their dreams.

Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, pictured here at the 2019 Newcombe Medal.
Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawley at the 2019 Newcombe Medal. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

"She's done exactly that for me as well.

"I think being able to share that with her and share some pretty special victories now with her, to be able to create my own path, is really incredible, really exciting.

"Being able to have a relationship with her and talk with her through my experience, knowing she's only ever a phone call away, is really, really cool.

"She's just been an icon for years and years, not just on the tennis court. Her legacy off the court is incredible.

"I think if I could be half the person that Evonne is, I'd be a very, very happy person."

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Ash Barty cements place in Aussie sporting folklore

Barty is the third Australian woman after Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court to win Wimbledon, and said it was special to earn a place in the nation's sporting heritage.

"For Australians, there is such a rich history here at Wimbledon," she said.

"I feel like Wimbledon is where tennis was born essentially. 

"This is where it all started, where so many hopes and dreams were kind of born.

"Australians have such a rich history in sport, and being able to be a very small part of that is something I always dreamt of, to try and create a legacy, try and create a path for young girls and boys to believe in their dreams.

"Being able to kind of live through that and learn my lessons along the way has been some of the best parts of my journey.

"To be able to be successful here at Wimbledon, to achieve my biggest dream, has been absolutely incredible. 

"The stars aligned for me over the past fortnight."

with AAP

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