Ashleigh Barty came over Vondrousouwa’s challenge in the first timer’s Garros final on Saturday. The 23-year old in the process became the first Australian to win the French Open in 46 years. This was also an Australian’s first major title in 7 years.
Ashleigh Barty clearly had the edge in the whole 1 hour 10-minute long match which she eventually grabbed 6-1, 6-3.
Barty grabbed an early lead, seized momentum at French Open Final
The Australian looked in ominous touch from the beginning gaining a 30-0 at the start before Vondrousouwa pulled one back. Barty easily sealed it 40-15 and gathered momentum that she would sustain throughout the final.
Czech teenager Vondrousouwa was hardly any match for the Australian in the first set as she could only win the one game. She also lost the opening two matches of the second set to be left hanging by the thread.
Barty who switched to cricket in 2014 returned to tennis 17 months later. She was ranked as low as 623rd when she reappeared. From 623rd to here, she’s come a long way and would be proud of her decision. She was emotional and ecstatic after the defeat.
“It is unbelievable, I’m a little speechless, I played almost the perfect match,” Barty said.
“It has been a crazy two weeks and a special place here for Australian players and I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve been able to achieve.”
Late fightback turned out too late for Vondrousouwa, Barty ranked No.2
Barty would be ranked No.2 in the world after the final. This would be the best rank for an Australian since the Highest ranked Cawley in 1976. 19-year old Vondrosouwa at least showed some resolve and with age on her side promises better performance with the experience.
She was determined to fight back and pulled back one set to make it 2-1. She did fight hard but Bartley was too hard to be stopped on the day.
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Barty deservedly won the second set and game to be crowned in a proud moment. Rafael Nadal takes over Dominic Thiem in the Men’s French Open final on June 9. Check out blocktoro.com for more exciting updates.