Australia’s Ashleigh Barty clinches historic French Open title

Paris: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won the French Open title with a straight-sets win over Marketa Vondrousova in Paris late Saturday. She completed the match in just an hour and 10 minutes, ending Australia’s 46-year wait for a single’s French Open title. She became the fourth Australian after Margaret Court, Lesley Bowrey and Evonne Goologong Cawley to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in a tournament where she had never progressed past the second round in her five previous visits, media reports said.

In her victory speech, Barty paid tribute to Australian veteran Sam Stosur, who made it to the French Open final in 2010. “It’s incredible. I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team, but it’s just been a crazy two weeks…It’s a special place for Australian players as well. Obviously Sam has done so well here in the past and she’s been so close before.”

Barty, 23, won her maiden Grand Slam title and banked a massive winner’s cheque of more than $3.7 million. With this, Barty will also be World No 2 in WTA rankings to be released on Monday.

Barty’s sporting journey is incredible. She started with tennis, then left the game for a while to play professional cricket and then got back to tennis to win a Grand Slam.

In an Instagram post, Barty’s boyfriend Garry Kissick wrote, “Amazing! The puppies and I are so proud of you baby! Many more to come.”

The media also played glowing tributes on her level of calm, humility and mental strength. One report said, “Barty stands just 166cm tall, yet won in Paris with power and exceptional skill; notably with her elite slice backhand.”

For now, not just Barty, but Australia is celebrating this sweet moment of victory.

(G’day Staff)