French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win title

Ashleigh Barty sealed victory on her first match level after 70 minutes2019 French OpenVenue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 Might-9 JuneCoverage: Reside textual content and radio commentary on chosen matches on the BBC Sport web site and app.

Australian Ashleigh Barty has crushed Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova within the French Open ultimate to win her first Grand Slam singles title and full a fairytale return to the game.

The eighth seed gained 6-1 6-Three towards 19-year-old Vondrousova on the Paris clay.

Barty, 23, give up tennis to play skilled cricket in 2014, however returned to the game 17 months later.

Now she is the primary Australian to win a singles titles at Roland Garros since Margaret Courtroom in 1973.

After thumping away an overhead on her first match level, Barty turned to her workforce and raised her palms within the air, putting them on her head in disbelief earlier than dropping to her haunches on the purple grime.

“It’s unbelievable, I am slightly speechless, I performed nearly the proper match,” Barty stated.

“It has been a loopy two weeks.

“It’s a particular place right here for Australian gamers and I am extremely happy with what I have been in a position to obtain.”

Barty will climb to second on the planet when the newest standings are launched subsequent week, making her the highest-ranked Australian girl since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in December 1976.

Regardless of defeat, 38th-ranked Vondrousova will rise into the highest 20 for the primary time following a clay-court swing the place no different feminine participant has gained extra matches.

Barty’s aggressive strategy pays off

Barty’s first Grand Slam singles title comes nearly three years to the day since she reappeared within the WTA rankings – at 623rd – after taking greater than a 12 months out to modify sports activities.

The Queenslander retired in 2014 and performed for the Brisbane Warmth within the ladies’s Large Bash after saying tennis was a “lonely sport”.

She determined to return in early 2016 and has since gained 4 tour titles – together with the Miami Open in March – in addition to the US Open ladies’s doubles title final 12 months.

These achievements have been vital steps on a pointy climb resulting in this beautiful success in Paris.

Barty had the larger expertise of the 2 finalists and it confirmed in a assured efficiency which didn’t enable Vondrousova to play with the variability she had beforehand proven.

Vondrousova, like she did towards British primary Johanna Konta within the semi-finals, began nervously – however this time there was no likelihood of a restoration.

Barty’s aggressive strategy paid off as she took three of 9 break factors to clinch the opening set in simply 29 minutes, the primary which Vondrousova had dropped within the event.

Barty broke once more within the first sport of the second set, then staved off a break level to carry a prolonged service sport and preserve her benefit.

She continued to learn her teenage opponent’s sport all through the second set, her neat footwork – on what was thought of her weakest floor – enabling her to reply any query supplied by Vondrousova.

That was illustrated in what proved to be the ultimate sport, Barty’s relentless returning permitting her to hit 4 winners as she turned a 15-40 deficit right into a match-winning break.

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