World No.1 Ashleigh Barty took home her second Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon on Saturday, earning plaudits in the media from the tennis community.
Social media was full of congratulations for the 25-year-old Aussie, who followed up her first Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros in 2019 with another championship victory on the lawns of London.
Former Wimbledon women's singles champions led the charge, starting with reigning titleholder Simona Halep:
And there is is....— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) July 10, 2021
Simo and Ash hanging out again just like at Roland Garros 😊 pic.twitter.com/hfwkxGSSUy
Naturally, Australians were thrilled, including her former long-time doubles partner and great friend Casey Dellacqua, Barty's former cricket team, the Brisbane Heat, legendary Olympian Cathy Freeman, and celebrities across the gamut of pop culture, including Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman.
So happy for you @ashbarty, your dream comes true and what a fight. Congratulations on your Wimbledon victory, I hope you and your team celebrate well along with your many fans around the world and back in Australia. 🚀— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) July 10, 2021
Among countless @AshBarty supporters there are none more special than these ones.— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) July 11, 2021
See how the world's No.1s family watched and celebrated her Wimbledon-winning moment 🙌🍾#Wimbledon #GoAussies #GoAsh pic.twitter.com/hGiH85spqy
This is a moment that EVERY Aussie tennis player dreams of. A massive massive congrats to @ashbarty on giving all the young kids in Australia a vision of what their future could be!!! @Wimbledon champion pic.twitter.com/7KMyZ7WnbK— Rennae Stubbs OLY (@rennaestubbs) July 10, 2021
Alexa, play girl on fire by Alicia Keys https://t.co/6E5EsuXoYE— Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) July 10, 2021
49 different women have won the Wimbledon ladies singles title.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2021
Only 5 have also won the girls' title, now including Ashleigh Barty, whose 2021 ladies title comes on the 10-year anniversary of her girls' title. pic.twitter.com/7raAT2vqb0
ASSSSSSSSHHHHBAAAARRRTYYYYYYYY!!!— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) July 10, 2021
Other players added their voices as well:
It was only a matter of time 👏🏼🙌🏼 https://t.co/khX6FjzHKl— Katie Boulter (@katiecboulter) July 10, 2021
Huge congrats Ash! So well deserved and earned, champion💞 https://t.co/SNrb64e2U8— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) July 10, 2021
The press also took stock of Barty's hard-fought, three-set victory over former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova.
Tumaini Carayol at The Guardian said that "there was nothing in the world that was going to stop Ashleigh Barty from taking the Wimbledon title she had arrived on these shores to claim."
"There have long been comparisons between [Barty and former World No.1 Evonne Goolagong], with Barty playing a similar all-court game, as well as sharing a similar modest and popular personality and indigenous Australian heritage," writes Sonia Oxley at BBC. "They now also have their names on the Venus Rosewater Dish."
"It wasn’t the preferred route, but Ash Barty knew it was necessary," stated Joel Drucker at TENNIS, calling her path to the Wimbledon crown "comparable to Barty’s playing style: logical, flexible, poetically fitting."
.....More to follow throughout the day!