French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova in Roland Garros ultimate to win first Grand Slam title


Paris: Ashleigh Barty ended Australia’s 46-year watch for a French Open singles title on Saturday by thrashing Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in a one-sided girls’s ultimate.

Eighth seed Barty bought off to a powerful begin and by no means appeared again, successful 6-1, 6-Three after solely 70 minutes to say her first Grand Slam title.

Ashleigh Barty holds Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after successful the 2019 French Open. AP/Christophe Ena

The 23-year-old will rise to second on this planet behind solely Naomi Osaka when the most recent rankings are launched subsequent week, after changing into the primary Australian winner at Roland Garros since Margaret Court gained the final of her 5 trophies in 1973.

She will probably be best-ranked Australian lady since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m a little bit speechless. I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team, it’s been an incredible two weeks,” stated Barty.

“It’s a special place for Australians here. Sam (Stosur) has done well here before and come so close. It’s been a magical two weeks.”

Barty, who famously took a break from tennis to play skilled cricket in 2015, struck 27 winners previous an opponent riddled with nerves.

The 19-year-old Vondrousova noticed her bid to grow to be the primary teenage Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova gained the 2006 US Open come to a tame finish, because the World No 38 made 22 unforced errors, in opposition to a mere 10 winners.

“Congratulations to you and your team, you gave me a lesson,” Vondrousova stated to Barty on the trophy presentation.

“Even though I didn’t get the win today, I’m really happy with everything.”

Nervous wait

Almost 90 minutes after the match was because of begin, the gamers made their means onto Court Philippe Chatrier, after Dominic Thiem’s thrilling five-set win over Novak Djokovic within the males’s semi-finals pressured Barty and Vondrousova to endure a nervous wait.

The scheduling had already been criticised on Friday as a sexism row erupted when the ladies’s semis have been moved away from the showpiece Chatrier courtroom.

In truth, this was the primary match on the premier Roland Garros area in Vondrousova’s profession, though she did have a quick follow session on Saturday morning.

The rigidity bought the higher of the Czech early on, as she double-faulted to reward Barty two break factors, earlier than firing lengthy to place her opponent 2-Zero forward.

Barty, who additionally reached the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this 12 months, consolidated the break with a assured love maintain, leaving Vondrousova firmly on the again foot after solely seven minutes of play.

Another break adopted as Vondrousova threatened to disintegrate, however she settled down and bought herself on the scoreboard.

Barty rapidly bought again on monitor and wrapped up the primary set after solely 29 minutes with a crunching forehand winner.

Vondrousova had all of it to do within the second set having managed simply two winners within the opener, however she contrived to drop serve once more on the first time of asking.

She lastly held serve for the primary time within the match, although, saving two break factors within the third recreation.

Vondrousova had reached the ultimate with out dropping a set and had the perfect report on tour for the reason that Australian Open, however she left it too late to get her recreation so as on this event.

And Barty broke as soon as extra, hammering away a easy smash on her first match level to seal her second within the highlight, with Vondrousova left sitting on the bench in tears.

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