Ashleigh Barty wins French Open title
Ashleigh Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic 6/1; 6/3 to win the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. The 23-year-old woman became the first Australian to win at Roland Garros since 1973 when Margaret Smith Court emerged champion.
Ashleigh took the first game on serve and broke Marketa to lead 2-0 The Australian lady extended the lead on her serve. A second break extended the score 4-0. Barty lost the first two points on of the fifth game and saved a break point with a put-away off a drop shot.
She staved off the next break point,but a double fault placed her in the third break threat and she conceded the game with a netted forehand. Vondrousova did not recover from 0-40 and dropped the sixth game. Barty survived a break before taking the set 6-1.
Marketa lost her serve in the first game of second set and Barty consolidated to lead 2- 0. The Czech youngster was taken to deuce and a break point before holding serve for 2-1. However, her opponent extended the gap 3-1 and 4-2. Both players held serves and Vondrousova served the ninth game to stay in the match.
She recovered from 0-15 to reach 40-30 but Barty ran don a drop shot to deuce. The server got the first advantage that was annulled. A long rally ended with a netted forehand by Marketa led to match point.
A long rally yielded a short ball that Barty smashed into an empty court for the set and match 6/3.Barty received the Suzanne Lenglen Cup from American Chris Evert who had won at Roland Garros seven times. At 19 years, Vondrousova became the youngest finalist in 12 years.