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Barty wins French Open for 1st Grand Slam title

Barty wins French Open for 1st Grand Slam title

2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
Dates: May 26-Jun 9

Ashleigh Barty won the French Open singles title on Saturday (Jun 8), defeating Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3, to become the first Australian woman to win at Roland Garros in 46 years. The eighth-seeded Barty, 23, needed only 70 minutes to defeat the nervous teenager, getting off to a strong start and never looking back.

Australian Ashleigh Barty has beaten Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final to win her first Grand Slam singles title and complete a fairytale return to the sport. The eighth seed won 6-1 6-3 against 19-year-old Vondrousova on the Paris clay.

Barty, 23, quit tennis to play professional cricket in 2014, but returned to the sport 17 months later.

Now she is the first Australian to win a singles titles at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973.

After thumping away an overhead on her first match point, Barty turned to her team and raised her hands in the air, placing them on her head in disbelief before dropping to her haunches on the red dirt.

Barty will climb to second in the world when the latest standings are released next week, making her the highest-ranked Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in December 1976.

Despite defeat, 38th-ranked Vondrousova will rise into the top 20 for the first time following a clay-court swing where no other female player has won more matches.