Barty's next goal after Paris victory: No. 1 spot

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2019

"She looks forward to the grass-court season every time we play on clay", joked her coach, Craig Tyzzer.

The 23-year-old who years ago gave up tennis for cricket, becomes the first Australian to win a Slam since Sam Stosur at the 2011 US Open, and the first to win at Roland Garros since Margaret Court 46 years ago in 1973. It wasn't used to playing matches again. I think I needed time to grow as a person, to mature.

"I missed the competition".

Barty also acknowledged former Australian tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley for inspiring her to succeed. "They are so unique and you can only get them when you're playing and when you put yourself out on the line and when you become vulnerable and try and do things that no one thinks of".

"She's already doing unbelievable things in the sport". And then I think she said, 'I'm in a new world.

In 2010, at 16, she earned a wildcard to the Australian Open - the youngest player there.

On her way to the finals in Paris, the eight seed, Ashleigh Barty defeated five American women in the draw and the Czech player dismissed Johanna Konta in the last four round and the 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the pre-quarterfinals of the Roland-Garros 2019.

"An absolute roller-coaster", Barty called it.

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The Barty who hoisted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen above her head yesterday knew what she wanted thanks to those couple of years away, she knew how to get it and she had worked herself narrow to claim it. Neither had even been in a major semifinal until this week, either. But on her first ever appearance on the main Court Philipp-Chatrier, the world No.38 started nervously and lost the first four games in 14 minutes.

Ashleigh Barty hated her first trip to Paris but 10 years later, after one of the more remarkable tennis journeys, she woke up in the French capital on Sunday as queen of Roland Garros. "For me, I needed time to step away, to live a normal life, because this tennis life certainly isn't normal".

Pretty close to it, particularly at the beginning.

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

Goolagong Cawley and her husband Roger Cawley said they didn't get to bed at their home on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane until 6am after receiving frequent worldwide phonecalls over Barty's victory. "So I'm not sure what she's going to expect now".

Nearly 90 minutes after the match was due to start, the players made their way onto Court Philippe Chatrier, after Dominic Thiem's thrilling five-set win over Novak Djokovic in the men's semi-finals forced Barty and Vondrousova to endure a nervous wait. Thiem advances to tomorrow's final against 11-time champion Rafael Nadal.

In a women's draw filled with surprises, Barty faced only one seeded player, No. 14 Madison Keys of the USA, along with the women who eliminated Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep. Vondrousova was able to hold despite facing two break points to stay just one break behind, and held serve twice more as she belatedly found her feet on Chatrier. She has made no secret of the fact that grass is her favourite surface, and although her game has been successful across surfaces, it is still most suited to grass. "I spotted her name on the trophy".

"Ash has already heard from me and knows how happy I am for her and her lovely family, " Goolagong Cawley said.

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