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Goolagong Cawley hopes for Indigenous successor to Barty

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 29, 2022 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates as she holds the trophy while she poses with former Australian Open champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley after she won the final against Danielle Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

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MELBOURNE, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Evonne Goolagong Cawley is hoping for the emergence of a successor to Ash Barty who can continue inspiring the country’s Indigenous children to take up the sport.

Goolagong Cawley, the first Aboriginal Australian to win a Grand Slam title, claimed the last of her seven majors at Wimbledon in 1980.

It took nearly four decades before Barty became the second Aboriginal Australian player to win a Grand Slam crown at the 2019 French Open.

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