Barty claims first grand slam title

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Australians like nothing better than a battler and, win or lose, Barty's surprise bid for the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen is sure to knock even their beloved cricketers, now defending their World Cup title in England, off the back pages. A win would add $1.34 million to her already hefty $7,468,480 career earnings.

"The pathways and the progress we've made for indigenous youth around the nation has been incredible", Barty, an Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia, said. The matches also were played at unusual courts - scheduling that was criticized by women's tennis tour CEO Steve Simon as "unfair and inappropriate". "For me, I needed time to step away, to live a normal life, because this tennis life certainly isn't normal".

The results the first five times Barty entered the French Open: three losses in the first round, two in the second round. "I mean, obviously we have dreams and goals as children, but this is incredible".

The 23-year-old lost the first set 6-7 (4-7) but rallied to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final.

While the match tightened in the second set after a slower start from Vondrousova at the beginning of the game, it wasn't enough to beat Barty. From there, Anisimova began playing the way she did in her quarterfinal upset of defending champion Simona Halep - and Barty suddenly lost her way.

"Marketa has had a fantastic tournament and will be in many more Grand Slam finals".

In 2010, at 16, she earned a wildcard to the Australian Open - the youngest player there. I didn't have too many chances today.

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Goolagong Cawley and her husband Roger Cawley said they didn't get to bed at their home on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane until 6am after receiving frequent global phonecalls over Barty's victory.

"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". And then I think she said, 'I'm in a new world.

The Czech teenager is now the number 38 in the world but she's sure to climb the rankings, regardless of whether she triumphs on Saturday.

Barty served up 38 aces over the course of the tournament and showed just why her serve is the best part of her game. But the business of growing up in public, of dealing with a nation's hopes and expectations was nearly the end of her: she did not know whether she wanted to live her life in the goldfish bowl of an individual sport.

The experience could not have been further removed from the past fortnight where Barty arrived as one of many players talked about as title contenders and ended up claiming the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, the first Australian to do so since 1973. The match was over in just 70 minutes and followed two weeks of tough competition for the Queenslander. I am really proud of the way I fought, especially in the conditions which were cold and windy. She also heads into the grass season as the win leader on the season with 31 and in the lead of the WTA 2019 points race.

"Evonne sent me a text a couple days ago and said this was her first grand slam", Barty told the crowd. The youngster is very honest about the fact that she would not have won that trophy had she not briefly left tennis to rejuvenate her mental health.

Vondrousova turned to ever riskier strategies-her drop shots became finer, her drives more firmly struck-and she earned a little breathing space, holding serve three times after that early break.

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