Eighth-Seed Ashleigh Barty Wins French Open

Ross Houston
June 13, 2019

But how can a player who is only 23 be called slow?

Vondrousova is also bidding to become the first teenage Grand Slam champion since 19-year-old Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.

Konta, the only member of the women's final four with previous Grand Slam semifinal experience, is now 0-3 in that round at majors. She has the slice and great variety in her game.

But now, with a fresh perspective and a new confidence, she is a whole new person - on the court and off.

"It's hard to get past her at the baseline".

The women's final of the 2019 French Open takes place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 (6/8/19) when No. 8 Ashleigh Barty takes on Marketa Vondrousova at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, at 9 a.m. EDT.

Slow and steady does indeed win. If she can continue to do those things, the world is her oyster.

Not ready to quit, Anisimova broke to lead 2-1 and had just fended off three break points when, at deuce, her coach signaled from the stands that play should stop because the rain picked up.

The Australian has one of the most versatile game styles on tour. "Standing at 5' 5", her court coverage on return is swift and sure. She's forehand dominant but she's improved her two-handed backhand out of sight. She's been serving really well and that's a massive weapon.

The teen, less experienced than Barty on the Grand Slam stage perhaps, just did not seem to find her footing early on. I think she is very refreshing. According to the Morning Herald, her parents both worked. It has made a huge difference to her mentality, an aspect she has never been shy to discuss. "I spotted her name on the trophy. It's fantastic", the Queenslander said after her win. So she just stopped after the US Open in 2014. In March, she lifted her then biggest career title the Miami Open.

She nearly bottled it again in the semi-finals to Amanda Anisimova.

Vondrousova hadn't dropped a set entering the match, but fell to 0-3 against Barty.

"Being No 2 in the world is incredible and something I never dreamt of as a child and we'll keep chipping away and try our best to get to No 1".

Vondrousova played two finals this year, in Budapes and Istanbul, losing to Alison Van Uytvanck and Petra Martic respectively.

The first trip overseas that Ashleigh Barty ever took came as a 13-year-old. I just needed to take a break and mentally refresh and sort of restart. Andrea Petkovic and Keys were nearly happy to get "their ass beaten", Vondrousva called it a tennis lesson.

"At the net, she's going to come forward".

Barty, a Wimbledon junior victor, wasn't very fond of the surface.

"What a wonderful result for Australia and how exciting that another Aboriginal has won at the French Open". She has not totally turned her back on cricket, though, and said she "would have loved" to have been able to attend Australia's World Cup match against India at The Oval in London on Sunday. By the end of that season, she had reached 272.

But in yet another testament of her versatility, she reached the quarterfinals in Madrid, won the Rome doubles title with Victoria Azarenka after a disappointing singles loss before a right arm injury kept her out of Strasbourg.

Barty wound up with a 27-10 edge in winners to become the first Australian to win the trophy at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973. "She can win on any surface".

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