Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Back from cricket, Australia's Barty now French Open champ

Back from cricket, Australia's Barty now French Open champ

"We clicked on the court as people. that's rare in tennis", she said. And of course, as it turns out, it was to Paris.

"It was always our nation first and I think it's so sad to see some players in the men's side with such great talent, thinking they are bigger than the game". That life would prove too much for self-professed homebody, who would rather couch at home with her dogs than take a stroll along the Seine.

"This trumps everything", Barty said at the time.

Barty told the press: "I have been able to play really good tennis when I've needed it". Her time away included a short stint as a professional cricketer - a game at which she excelled after picking it up from scratch, and loved for its team component. I think she is very refreshing.

"It's just a part of my game that I work on a lot".

She entered the top 20 in October 2017, after landing her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur. The two had made three major finals together before Barty took her break, and now they were standing on Court Philippe Chatrier once again in hopes of finally winning Dellacqua a major title.

"But her hands are just incredible, she can do five things with the same shot". Barty and Dellacqua were routed that day by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 6-1.

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Novak Djokovic was understandably frustrated after his 26 match win streak at the Grand Slam level ended on Saturday. Djokovic could have been lining up on the opposite half this afternoon had it not been for the brilliance of Thiem.

Joyce's story is an extension of Barty's and vice-versa, so it should come as little surprise that a player that somehow reflects what we perceive as quintessential Australian values has a coach that does the same. "It's just hard to explain the journey we've been on". Ashleigh Barty won the French Open women's singles final on Saturday.

The 23-year-old will rise to second in the world behind only Naomi Osaka when the latest rankings are released next week, after becoming the first Australian victor at Roland Garros since Margaret Court won the last of her five trophies in 1973. When the new rankings come out on Monday, she will rise to No.2, the highest for an Aussie since 1976.

Her triumph puts a ideal bow on what has been a steady but unstoppable rise as she built on her results from week to week. Joyce would chime in with a timely reminder before she left for the clay season and ultimately Roland Garros. She won the Miami earlier this year, as well as Nottingham and Zhuhai last year, and Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

When Ashleigh Barty was a set and a break up in her Grand Slam final against Marketa Vondrousova, and with victory looming for the Australian 23-year-old, the retired French mixed doubles champion said a Barty victory would be "amazing for Australian tennis": "At least they won't be talking about [Nick] Kyrgios, they'll be talking about [a] positive in Ashleigh Barty".

But despite her lack of centimetres, the Queenslander's record on grass is more than respectable and she considers it her favourite surface.

There was also a heartfelt congratulatory note from Australia's most recent Grand Slam champion Sam Stosur, the 35-year-old who won the 2011 U.S. Open but was unable to build on that success. It's a fresh slate.

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