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Ashleigh Barty Cruises Past Marketa Vondrousova to Win 2019 French Open Title

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJune 8, 2019

Australia's Ashleigh Barty kisses the trophy Suzanne Lenglen after winning against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova at the end of the women's singles final match on day fourteen of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 8, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Australia's Ashleigh Barty beat 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam singles title in Saturday's 2019 French Open women's final at Roland-Garros.

Both players were into their first Grand Slam singles final, but Barty showed no signs of nerves as she blasted through the first set for the loss of just one game.

Barty broke Vondrousova's serve again at the start of the second to take total control of the final and did not look back on her way to a dominant victory.

Vondrousova came into the final without having dropped a set to become the first teenage finalist at Roland-Garros since Ana Ivanovic in 2007.

Yet the Czech youngster looked nervy throughout the match, and a couple of errors and a double-fault helped Barty to break serve and take a 2-0 lead.

Barty looked full of confidence and secured a double break to move 4-0 up after only 13 minutes:

George Bellshaw @BellshawGeorge

Ash Barty 4-0 up after 13 minutes. Did go 5-0 up in her semi-final yesterday and managed to lose the first set but hard to see that happening again. All over Vondrousova so far.

Vondrousova finally got a game on the scoreboard at 4-1, but she could not delay the inevitable as the relentless Barty cruised through the first set in under half an hour:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Barty means business. First set to the Australian 6-1 over Vondrousova. 🎾 https://t.co/bnbu89P77y #RG19 https://t.co/2JFgwGsE9X

Barty attracted plenty of plaudits for her performance:

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

If you are a young player, you would do well to copy Ash Barty's technique. Her fundamentals are so strong. First set 6-1 over Vondrousova in this first Grand Slam singles final for both players

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

First set in the women's #RG19 final to Ash Barty, 6-1 over Marketa Vondrousova. Barty looks completely unfazed by the occasion--gotta think all those previous Slam finals she's played in doubles help to calm the nerves today. #RG19

Matt Zemek @mzemek

Barty's signature quality is that there *is* no single shot which defines her. She does everything well, and she is showing it.

The second set followed in similar style. Barty broke Vondrousova at the start of the set and then managed to hold despite her opponent taking her to deuce:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Lob Goals 👏 🎾 https://t.co/bnbu89P77y #RG19 https://t.co/ZtpKVQgdHT

Vondrousova showed some resistance to save two break points and hold for 2-1, but she failed to trouble the Australian on her serve.

The teenager had shown great determination to come from behind and beat Johanna Konta in her semi-final, but there was no repeat performance against Barty.

Indeed, the Australian kept her composure with victory in sight, breaking Vondrousova yet again at 5-3 and sealing victory with an overhead smash:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Australia’s Greatest 🇦🇺 @ashbar96 is the 2019 Roland-Garros champion, defeating Vondrousova 6-1 6-3. 🎾 https://t.co/FJdsaBBRCP #RG19 https://t.co/TMsAdEhHg3

The 23-year-old could not hide her delight at her victory after the match, per freelance Ben Rothenberg:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

"I played the perfect match today. I'm so proud of myself and my team." -Ash Barty #RG19

The win also means Barty is the first Australian women to win the French Open since 1973, and she will rise up the world rankings:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Ashleigh Barty wins her first career Grand Slam title at Roland Garros beating Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets. She's the first Australian woman to win the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973. Barty will reach a career-high No. 2 in the WTA Rankings on Monday. https://t.co/TVjlVkK4wj

It was a disappointing ending to an impressive French Open campaign from Vondrousova. She could not find her best tennis on Saturday but can take plenty of positives from her time in Paris.

Meanwhile, the win caps a memorable comeback for Barty after she quit the sport in 2014 to play professional cricket before announcing her return in 2016.