Late last night, Ngarigo woman Ashleigh Barty won the Wimbledon 2021 title, making her the first Aussie woman to do so in 41 years. The last Aussie winner in the women’s match was Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, a Wiradjuri woman and mentor to Barty.
Barty beat Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova after an intense set of matches that saw her win the first before Pliskova came in at a tiebreak for the second set: (6-3, 6-7, 4-7, and 6-3). It was seeming like a close call for either party before the third set.
Then, after close to two hours of playing, Barty took it home and won the final set, winning her the Wimbledon 2021 title. Yewww! A pretty epic win when you remember that the 25-year-old Aussie player suffered from a hip injury back at the French Open, just a month before the Wimbledon games.
It’s all bloody brilliant if you ask me. But don’t just take my word for it. Here are the best Aussie reactions to Ashleigh Barty’s historic win at Wimbledon 2021.
Over on her Instagram Stories, Goreng Goreng woman and designer Rachael Sarra reacted live to Barty’s win with tears like a proud tennis mum (me too, Rach).
“Just a couple of Ipswich gals around here,” she said. “So proud of this icon!”
Proud Ngadju woman and organiser of IndigenousX Evie Rankmore live-tweeted: “She did it!!! Ash Barty is the 2021 Wimbledon Champion. I’m crying.”
She did it!!! Ash Barty is the 2021 Wimbledon Champion ❤️💛🖤. I’m crying 😭
— IndigenousX (@IndigenousX) July 10, 2021
“Aus Blackfulla Republic. Let’s go!” Said Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman Teela Reid. First Nations excellence, hearing it more and more, tbh.
“Wimbledon welcome to the Barty Party! Credit Black women!”
— Teela Reid 🧜🏾♀️ (@teelareid) July 10, 2021
The royals are for Pliskova. FUCK THE MONARCHY! #BartyParty
— Teela Reid 🧜🏾♀️ (@teelareid) July 10, 2021
Aussie legend Magda Szubanski said, most likely as her Kath & Kim character and tennis fan Shazza: “This is the best most beautiful thing EVAH!!! I feel soooo emotional. And poor Sharon has collapsed in a frenzy of joy.”
“What a moment, that is so beautiful,” she said.
“She’s such an incredible sportswoman and such an incredible Australian, and such a beautiful moment for Indigenous Australians, for First Australians.
“I was such a fan of Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, saw that match and now this one. Incredible. Good onya Ash.”
This is the best most beautiful thing EVAH!!!
I feel soooo emotional
And poor Sharon has collapsed in a frenzy of joy
I remember seeing #EvonneGoolagong win
And now this!!
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) July 10, 2021
The Project‘s Carrie Bickmore shared a snap of the moment Barty won, her face buried into her hands in sheer disbelief and shock, adding: “Ash Barty woohoo!”
“So good!” Guy Sebastian commented on her post.
Elsewhere, Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese shared a photo of Barty holding her golden dish trophy, writing: “Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty has lifted the whole country up, not just the trophy.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Will and Kate, who were at the match and commemorated Barty’s victory, also congratulated the First Nations Aussie tennis player on her international victory: “what an incredible match and performance by both athletes! Congratulations Ashleigh Barty on being crowned Wimbledon champion.”
In true blue Aussie style, shortly after Barty’s Wimbledon victory, the phrase “Onya Ash” began trending on Twitter. People from all across the country were sharing their love for Ash from the moment she won into the wee hours of the morning, and we simply love to see it.
“Hard to think of a more universally loved Aussie athlete in the modern era,” wrote sports journalist Andrew McCormack. “Onya Ash.”
Truly, it’s as Irish journalist based in Melbourne, Catherine Murphy, put it best: “Wow. How lucky are we, that we get to watch this.”
Truly, we fucking love to see it. Keep scrolling for some of the best tweets.
Hard to think of a more universally loved Aussie athlete in the modern era. Onya Ash #Wimbledon
— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) July 10, 2021
— Kirstin Ferguson (@kirstinferguson) July 10, 2021
We should rename Margaret Court arena to Ash Barty arena. It’s absolutely fitting and deserves it much more.
— Shae 🔴⚪⚫ (@Shaebee22) July 10, 2021
That rascist old witch Margaret Court looking pissed off at Ash Barty’s Evonne Gooloogong name check has made my night!
— Don’t Mess (NomessTess@aus.social) (@NomessTess) July 10, 2021
What an incredible match and performance by both athletes!
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) July 10, 2021
Barty-Goolagong Arena. You know it makes sense. #Wimbledon
— Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) July 10, 2021
Live pictures of Scott Morrison celebrating Ash Barty’s win pic.twitter.com/3clxsIM4Ry
— The Chaser (@chaser) July 10, 2021
Yes!!!! Ash Barty! Wimbledon Champion joins the great Evonne Goolagong-Cawley in Australian history!
— Rob Arnol (@RobertArnol) July 10, 2021
Congrats to Ash Barty, another example of First Nations Aussie TALENT. Wimbledon 2021 winner (feels so good to say, doesn’t it?) Ash Barty will next head to Tokyo to lead Australia’s 11-member tennis team at the Tokyo Olympics. Game, set, and fkn match.