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Barty wins women's 2019 French Open crown

Barty wins women's 2019 French Open crown Photo: TT
Australia's Ashleigh Barty kisses the trophy as she celebrates winning her women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in two sets 6-1, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

Australian Ashleigh Barty has won her maiden Grand Slam title after thrashing Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets in the French Open final on Saturday.

Eighth seed Barty defeated the Czech 6-1, 6-3 in an emphatic display, where victory never looked in doubt.

Barty will now rise up the WTA world rankings to second after the win, having enjoyed an excellent 2019 to date.

The Australian only lost two sets throughout the 2019 French Open where the big names fell by the wayside.

“It’s unbelievable, I’m a little bit speechless, it’s amazing,” Barty said.

“I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team but it’s been a crazy two weeks.”

Barty raced out of the blocks with two early breaks to lead 4-0 within 20 minutes.

She had burst out to a similar lead against Amanda Anisimova in the semi-final before losing the first set, so there were nerves.

Barty held her nerve and her serve to win the opening set, before a tighter second set against the Czech, who’ll move into the top 20 after the French Open.

The Australian broke Vondrousova early but the ensuing games were tighter, until Barty broke again to clinch the win.

It completes a remarkable story for 23-year-old Barty who quit tennis earlier in her career after being hailed as a future star as a teenager.

Barty spent 18 months playing cricket including with Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League before returning to tennis where she’s seemed refreshed.

She admitted she never expected to win a singles major upon her return to tennis.

“No, not at all,” Barty said. “I think maybe in doubles, if I’m being completely honest.

“I think I was so close with Casey (Dellacqua) so many times. I felt maybe that was a possibility.

“But I think a new perspective in my life and in my career, it’s brought this new belief, I suppose, and this feeling of belonging at the very top level.

“I feel like I’m playing some really good tennis. I know when I play my best tennis, I can match it against the world’s best.”

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer
@bensomerford

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