Ashleigh Barty the first Australian woman to win French Open in 46 years

Ashleigh Barty

Paris, June 9 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won the French Open, winning her maiden Grand Slam singles title, with a lopsided victory over Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

In only an hour and 10 minutes,the 23-year-old Queenslander clinched her first grand slam title with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the final of the French Open women’s singles.

“This is incredible,” Ashleigh Barty, who once hung up her tennis racquets in favor of cricket, said, turning to her support team including coach Craig Tyzzer after being presented with the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen by Chris Evert.

Barty drew satisfaction in becoming the first indigenous Australian to do so since Goolagong Cawley, who has long been her idol, nearly 50 years earlier.

“It’s been the most amazing journey that we’ve been on for the past three years and I feel like this is just the start for us. Let’s go and celebrate.”

Barty sits as world number two, the highest ranking achieved by an Australian women since Evonne Goolagong in 1976.

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