Ash Barty, the No.1 ranked Women’s Singles Tennis player in the world, created history on Saturday as she became the first Australian woman to win the single’s title at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the second of her two titles way back in 1980.
The 25-year-old won the final against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, and 6-3. This was Ash Barty’s second career grand slam singles title. She had previously won the French Open in 2019.
But do you know that the newly crowned women’s singles Wimbledon champion, Ash Barty also happens to be a professional cricketer?
Barty took a break from her Tennis career in 2014 post which she signed for the Women’s Big Bash League franchise, Brisbane Heat.
Ash Barty had had no formal training in the sport and it showed during her stint with the Brisbane Heat.
After featuring in 10 games for the Heat during which she managed the highest score of 39 runs, Ash Barty realized that cricket was not her calling and she decided to get back to doing what she does best: play Tennis.
“It truly was an amazing period of my life. I met an amazing group of people who couldn’t care less whether I could hit a tennis ball or not,” Ash Barty had recalled her brief stint with Brisbane Heat in the WBBL during an interview back in 2019.
“They accepted me, and they got to know Ash Barty. They got to know me. I still have those relationships to this very day. I got an amazing amount of messages over the last couple of days from those cricket girls who were some of my best friends,” she said.
“The way they are accepting of someone new coming into their locker room, into their dressing room and into their sport was amazing. They are truly an incredible group of girls that I know I’ll have a relationship with for the rest of my life and a friendship with for the rest of my life,” Ash Barty added.
Dreams do come true ✨ pic.twitter.com/q0RgY4rQmH
— Ash Barty (@ashbarty) July 10, 2021
Meanwhile, the final between Barty and Pliskova is the first one to go into the third set since the 2012 Wimbledon summit clash between Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.