Incredible Barty Barrels Over Vondrousova For French Open Title

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2019

Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy Suzanne Lenglen after winning against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova at the end of the women's singles final match on day fourteen of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

Beneath the table, her white-and-black shoes were covered with rust-colored, clay-court dust. She reached the doubles final of three Grand Slams with compatriot Casey Dellacqua as a 17-year-old.

Barty's agent Nikki Craig has flown across from Australia to France to be courtside on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old will rise to second in the world behind only Naomi Osaka when the latest rankings are released next week, after becoming the first Australian victor at Roland Garros since Margaret Court won the last of her five trophies in 1973. She has a huge serve, so it's all very tough to play against. I'm so proud of myself and my team.

Vondrousova made a nervous start as Ashleigh Barty took a 4-0 lead in the opening set by breaking the Czech thrice as she commits a series of errors in the opening set. "So I'm pretty pumped with that".

Vondrousova has not dropped a set in the tournament and can become the first teenager to win the French Open since Iva Majoli in 1997. And when she got there, she was cool (on the outside, at least), she was resilient and she was far, far too good for anyone who stood in her path.

"I don't think she is a one-Slam wonder".

The delicious irony is that her first Major came on clay.

"It's hard to get past her at the baseline".

It's why her relatively lopsided win the final - which raised questions about quality - should not be clouded given how she had already conquered a much bigger battle in the semis.

The 8th-ranked Barty will jump up to No. 2 in the rankings (highest Australian women since 7-time Slam victor Evonne Goolagong Cawley on December 6, 1976.) and earns her over $2.5 million in prize money.

In 2017, she won her first career title in Kuala Lumpur ending the season ranked inside the Top 20. "For me, I needed time to step away, to live a normal life, because this tennis life certainly isn't normal".

Barty, 23, took a break from the sport in 2014 to play professional cricket.

In 2016, she returned, unranked, refreshed, ready to struggle and armed with new perspective. I think any time I can play my brand of tennis, I know that I can match it against the best in the world. "I keep saying I have an incredible team around me who help me in every single facet of my life".

"I left all of my options open. It's just been a insane two weeks". As the match slipped away, Anisimova had distress written all over her face.

"For me, it was a no-brainer for me to take a break", she said. "We'd started again, we'd made it to the final and it was just taken out of our hands, I think".

Barty, like her 19-year-old Czech opponent, is in her maiden Slam final having laid down a marker by making the quarter-finals of a major for the first time on home ground in Australia in January.

Hers is a country with a proud history in tennis, of course. Rod Laver, who was at Saturday's final, is the only man to win a calendar-year Grand Slam twice. "It's just been an fantastic journey that we've had over the last few years", Barty said. These are two of the most inventive, technically gifted players on the tour, and there should be a bit of a throwback feel, full of slice and variety.

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