Ash Barty, the 23-year old from Queensland, gave a spot on performance in the French Open women’s singles final last night, beating Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-4. She wins a trophy and a phat $3.73 million cheque.
She’s the first Australian to bring home the French Open title in 46 years, when Margaret Court took the title in 1973. She’s also the first Indigenous woman to win since Evonne Goolagong Cawley back in 1971.
In fact, the tennis drought has been fairly wide spread with only Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur winning titles in this century.
As a woman of all-round sporting talent, she got back into tennis after an 18-month career change playing cricket with Brisbane Heat in the WBBL.
— ABC Indigenous (@ABCIndigenous) June 8, 2019
My personal favourite part is the extremely Aussie celebration after hitting the winning shot – she let out a ‘fuck’ and fell to her knees. Attagirl!
“It’s unbelievable, I’m speechless,” she expanded later, “I played the perfect match today.”
“To my team, thank you guys for sticking with me. It’s been the most amazing journey we’ve been on the past three years, and I feel like it’s just the start. Let’s go celebrate tonight.”
She went on to shout out Fed Cup teammate Samantha Stosur, who lost to the 2010 final in Paris to Francesca Schiavone.
“It’s a special place for Australia players,” Barty said. “Obviously Sam has done so well and she’s been so close before so I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve been able to achieve and it’s been such an incredible two weeks.”
Following the win, Aussies have celebrated by sending THE most adorable photo of Barty as a kid all the way viral.
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) June 8, 2019
I can’t even with how dang cute that is! Of course, someone was bound to give the trophy a little update, and we have not been disappointed:
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/DDANRsqSca
— Tony (@tjc05) June 8, 2019