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Sport'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

02:01  09 june  2019
02:01  09 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Heartbreak for Ash Barty as her devastated parents will MISS her play in tonight's French Open final - with the couple planning to watch the match on TV

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'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

Tennis star Ashleigh Barty has made history as the first Australian to win the French Open in 46 years after demolishing a Czech youngster in two sets.

The 23-year-old defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the final in Paris on Saturday.

The last Australian to win a French Open singles title was Margaret Court in 1973.

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Ashleigh Barty has become the first Australian champion at Roland Garros since 1973 after sweeping past Marketa Vondrousova.

Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian to win the French Open in 46 years on Saturday. Paris (CNN) Ashleigh Barty says her favorite surface in tennis is grass. She might have to change that after beating Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3 to become the first Australian to win the

Barty's win is her first singles Grand Slam title, although she won the doubles at the US Open last year.

'I'm a little bit speechless, it's incredible, I've played the perfect match today,' a delighted Barty said on court moments after victory.

'I'm so proud of myself and my team, it has been a crazy two weeks.'

Barty's parents Rob and Josie missed their daughter take home the title as they did not have enough time to travel to Paris.

They were in the air, flying from Queensland to London, when Barty sealed her her epic semi-final victory.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

The Queenslander will now jump from number eight to the second highest ranked female tennis player in the world.

French Open: Ash Barty advances to final with a gritty win

French Open: Ash Barty advances to final with a gritty win Ashleigh Barty is through to the French Open final after beating American teen Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (7-4) 6-3 6-3 in a three-set tussle on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The Queenslander is the first Australian finalist at Roland Garros in nine years after fighting back from a set down and a break down in the third set. © AAP Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her semi-final at the French Open. She will now face unseeded Czech left-hander Marketa Vondrousova in Saturday’s decider. The world No.

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Ashleigh Barty during a doubles match in Birmingham. She will play doubles at Wimbledon but declined an offer from Andy Murray to partner him in the mixed. She is disciplined and hard-working, knows her own game and that of her rivals . More importantly, she has found peace and perspective.

Barty was asked what it was like to make history for Australia by winning the title in France, decades after Court.

'Obviously Sam has done so well here in the past, and she has been so close before, so I'm incredibly proud of what they have been able to achieve and it has just been an amazing two weeks,' she said.

The last Australian in a Grand Slam singles final was Samantha Stosur, who won the US Open in 2011. Stosur lost the French Open final in 2010.

Barty stood proudly during Advanced Australia Fair and was snapped smiling as she clung onto her trophy.

During the award ceremony, Barty thanked her opponent and said she had 'absolutely no doubt' Vondrousova, 19, would feature in Grand Slam finals in the future.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

'To the French federation, all that sponsors, there have been incredible changes this year, we have enjoyed every part of it, all the fans, you guys make this tournament so special every year,' she continued.

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Ashleigh Barty won the French Open singles title on Saturday, defeating Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to She is expected to rise to second in the world, behind only Naomi Osaka, making her She went into the finale trying to become the first teenage Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova

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'You're so passionate and enthusiastic and it so much fun playing tennis in front of you on this beautiful court here in Paris.'

'And lastly to my team, thank you guys for sticking with me.

'This is incredible, it's been the most amazing journey we have been on in the last three years and I feel like this is just the start for us.'

Barty returned to tennis in 2016 after indefinitely quitting the sport in 2014 and turning to professional cricket.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited During the award ceremony, Barty thanked her opponent and said she had 'absolutely no doubt' Vondrousova would feature in Grand Slam finals in the future

BARTY'S VICTORY SPEECH IN FULL

Thank you, firstly to you (Vondrousova) and your team, your whole season has been phenomenal. This is just the start, I have absolutely no doubt that you will be in Grand Slam finals in the future.

To the French federation, all that sponsors, there have been incredible changes this year, we have enjoyed every part of it, all the fans, you guys make this tournament so special every year. You're so passionate and enthusiastic and it so much fun playing tennis in front of you on this beautiful court here in Paris.

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With this win Barty becomes the first Ashleigh Barty has defeated Marketa Vondrousova 61 63 in the finals of the 2019 French Open to win her maiden GS title. With this win Barty becomes the first Aussie woman to win in Paris since Margaret Court did it 46 years ago in 1973 .

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty could not progress beyond the 4th round. The Australian , who won the French Open earlier this year, was beaten in straight sets by Wang Qiang, the 18th Below-par Barty was broken twice in the first set and saved two match points on serve in the second.

And lastly to my team, thank you guys for sticking with me. This is incredible, it's been the most amazing journey we have been on in the last three years and I feel like this is just the start for us. Let's go and celebrate tonight.

The women's final started about one-and-a-half hours after its scheduled 11pm AEST start time, due to rain and a lengthy semi-final battle between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.

Barty came out firing in the first set, winning 6-1 in under 30 minutes.

The Queenslander took an early lead, winning four games to zero before Vondrousova managed to win one game. Barty then continued her leading streak by winning the fifth and sixth game.

Vondrousova had not lost a set during this year's French Open until she faced Barty.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Vondrousova congratulated Barty on her victory: 'You are an amazing player and, you are such a nice person, so you deserve this.'

In the second set, Barty comfortably won two games before Vondrousova won her first.

Unlike the first set, Vondrousova managed to keep herself in reach of Barty's lead, trailing 3-2 and 5-3 before Barty one the title 6-1, 6-3.

Vondrousova congratulated Barty on her victory: 'You are an amazing player and, you are such a nice person, so you deserve this.'

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'Even though I'd didn't get the win today, I've really enjoyed my time here. I'm just very happy with everything that happened here.'

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

Barty found herself vying for the Grand Slam title after beating American rising star Amanda Anisimova 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 in a whirlwind semi-final on Friday.

'I played some really good tennis. I played some pretty awful tennis,' said Barty after Friday's victory.

'I'm just proud of myself the way I was able to fight and scrap and hang in there and find a way,' she said.

'When I kind of threw away that first set.'

She lost Friday's first set to her 17-year-old opponent 7-6, after a powerful lead fell to pieces. In less than 15 minutes, the Australian held a 5-0 lead over Anisimova.

Vondrousova reached her first major final after defeating Britain's Johanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2).

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

Barty is the youngest child of Robert, a Ngarigo Indigenous Australian, and Josie, the daughter of English immigrants, and was born and raised in Ipswich, Queensland.

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Her two sisters, Sara and Ali, played netball but Barty picked up a racket aged four.

This was because 'didn't want to play what she thought was a girls' game', her father told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Junior tennis coach Jim Joyce took Barty under his wing after noticing she had a natural talent for the sport.

Barty was five when she arrived at Joyce's court at the West Brisbane Tennis Centre and was soon hitting with players twice her age.

'The thing that stood out was - her hand and eye coordination was amazing - but it was her focus and concentration for that age,' Joyce said.

'She was equal to any of the nine and 10-year-olds, actually, as far as that goes.

'She was outstanding.'

Joyce said Barty's talents as a sportsperson were far-reaching and coming from a family of golfers she was also decent with a club.

'She just picked up things so quickly,' Joyce said.

'Ash would have made a fantastic golfer ... you should have seen her on a golf course.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

'And she just wanted to play tennis, she didn't want to play team games.

'Her sisters were playing netball, she just wanted to play tennis.'

By the age of nine, Barty was training with boys six years older than her, and at 12 she was playing against adult men.

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The teenager was then sent abroad, where she competed in international tours without her parents at the age of 14.

Barty recalled her first international tour in Europe where she was riddled with homesickness.

She would phone her parents crying almost every evening, but despite the struggle she managed to power through the competitions.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

The 14-year-old was also invited to Las Vegas as a member of the Adidas player development team where she was given the privileged opportunity to hang out with Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.

'This trip has given me a lot of confidence and self-belief and has made me realise how I need to work and what sacrifices I must make in order to be a great tennis player,' Barty said at the time.

At the age of 15, she hit a range of milestones, having competed at the Australian Open, won high-level Grade 1 events in Malaysia and Belgium, and secured her only Grand Slam junior title at Wimbledon.

She became the second Australian to win the girls' singles event after Debbie Freeman in 1980, and the first Australian girl to win a junior Grand Slam title since Jelena Dokic at the 1998 US Open.

Speaking to her Wimbledon victory, Barty said: 'It was just too much – it was too much beyond tennis, beyond playing the game'.

She found herself approaching a crossroads, unsure of her future prospects on the court amid the mounting media exposure and pressure to succeed.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

When she was 16, Barty lived alone in an apartment in Melbourne's South Yarra.

During the season where she turned 17, Barty had only spent 27 days at home during the calendar year, and in 2014 following the US Open, she made the critical decision to take a break from tennis.

Her father Robert said he suffers from bipolar, manic depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, believing he passed depression to Barty.

'It was too much too quickly for me as I've been travelling from quite a young age,' she said in a later interview about quitting the sport.

'I wanted to experience life as a normal teenage girl and have some normal experiences.'

But with sport clearly running in her blood, Barty instead took up cricket and enjoyed great success.

'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals
'It's incredible!' Ashleigh Barty makes history as she cruises to victory in straight sets to become the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 - and sends a warning to her rivals

Barty joined the Queensland Fire squad in the women's national league, with coach Andy Richards recalling he was instantly impressed with her skills.

'Her skill from the first time she picked up a bat was outstanding from a coach's perspective – she never missed a ball in her first session,' he said.

But after a successful two years of professional cricket – which saw her play for a range of teams at high profile events including in the Women's Big Bash League – Barty made the bold return to tennis in February 2016.

The reunion with tennis came after Barty went to watch her doubles teammate, Casey Dellacqua compete in the Sydney International.

Dellacqua forced her on to an empty court in the late afternoon and Barty realised it was time for her to return to her first love.

'I used one of her racquets and I just said, ''This is me. This is what I should be doing'',' she said.

At the 2017 Malaysian Open she won her first career WTA singles title and entered the top 100 for the first time, finishing within the top 20.

She is the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia, and calls herself a 'very proud Indigenous woman'.

'Giving back to my community is very important to me and I hope to inspire many more Indigenous kids to get active and enjoy their tennis,' she said.

Barty has been with her boyfriend, PGA Trainee professional Garry Kissick, since 2017.


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Ash Barty's rise to the top of women's tennis was almost unthinkable almost three years ago to the day. © AAP Barty during her time with the Brisbane Heat. "I think it's what I was born to do," she said at the time. "I'm a tennis player through and through. I just had to see that for myself. "I walked away and thoroughly enjoyed my time in cricket. It was a gradual progression for me, during those two years, to want to come back to the sport I had played and loved since I was five years old.

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