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From Evonne Goolagong Cawley To Ash Barty

Victor P Taffa

Wimbledon Ladies’ Tennis Final 1980 was one of the great comeback stories in Tennis and greatest comeback stories in sport.

Margaret Court was closer to retirement than the beginning of her career in 1971 and came up against a young Evonne Goolagong. However, as the record books show Evonne Goolagong defeated Margaret Court.

By 1980 Evonne Goolagong Cawley was closer to retirement and as the record books show defeated Chris Evert Lloyd 6-1, 7-6 and won the tie break by 7-4.

Second-set tiebreaker in the final was the first tiebreak ever played in the ladies’ singles final at Wimbledon and the match was the first ever singles final (men’s or women’s) to end on a tiebreak.

Evonne Goolagong married Roger Cawley in 1975 and gave birth in 1976.

Evonne Cawley ran into a string of ankle injuries in 1978-79 and missed the first 6 months of 1980.

Year    Champion                                        Runner-Up

1980    Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)     Chris Evert Lloyd (USA)

1971    Evonne Goolagong (AUS)                    Margaret Court (AUS)

In winning the French Open, Ash Barty has similarly come back from adversity. From leaving Tennis to then play cricket and now return triumphant to Tennis.

Ash Barty and Evonne Goolagong Cawley have something in common. Winning over in the face of adversity.

Ash Barty has the grit determination and necessary courage to win the 2019 Wimbledon Ladies Final and this is not placing too much pressure on a well composed lady.

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament runs from 1-14 July 2019.


AUS                Australia

USA                United States of America


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