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Barty wins French Open title

Barty wins French Open title
Ashleigh Barty with the French Open trophy.
Paris, Jun 8 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/8/2019 11:49:17 AM IST

Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian singles winner of the French Open in 46 years as she demolished Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.

Barty bamboozled the unseeded 19-year-old to win 6-1 6-3 in an hour and 10 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title and become the first Aussie winner of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen since the legendary Margaret Court in 1973.

Barty, 23, was a teenage phenomenon, winning the Wimbledon junior title at 15. She spent 18 months away from tennis and was ranked outside the top 600 just three years ago, but she can now call herself a major champion for the first time in her career. "It's unbelievable. I'm a little bit speechless. I played the perfect match today. I'm so proud of myself and my team. It's just been a crazy two weeks," said a delighted Barty.

Vondrousova made an unsteady start as she dropped her opening two service games to Barty, who overcame a remarkable first-set collapse to defeat 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova in a see-saw semi-final on Friday.

The eighth seed was looking at home on Court Philippe-Chatrier and, although the Czech southpaw managed to get on the board after winning a six-minute fifth game, Barty, broke back before successfully serving out the opening set in 29 minutes.

For Vondrousova, who came into the match having won 27 matches since the Australian Open, more than any other woman, it was the first set she had dropped in the entire tournament.

Barty made another breakthrough at the start of the next set and, although Vondrousova began to warm to the task, the Aussie kept her composure to stay ahead before a fifth break of the Czech's serve on her first match point handed her a famous victory.

Barty, who will be ranked second in the world on Monday, is the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sam Stosur at the US Open in 2011.

Thiem stuns Djokovic 

Dominic Thiem stunned Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to set up yet another French Open final against Rafael Nadal.

World No.1 Djokovic, who had won the last three Grand Slam titles in a 26-match winning streak dating back to the quarterfinals here last year, lost 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 5-7 in a marathon semifinal which started on Friday and ended on Saturday, delaying the women's final.

Djokovic, who had not dropped a set in the tournament, thus failed to hold all four Grand Slams for the second time, like he did here in 2016. 

Thiem will now seek revenge on Nadal after losing last year's summit clash to the ace Spaniard in straight sets. Nadal on Friday beat Swiss legend Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

 

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