MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Ash Barty defeated Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-5 to win at Adelaide International on Saturday in a big push before the launch of her Australian Open campaign.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tournament Final – Shenzhen Bay Sports Center – Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China – November 3, 2019 Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after winning the final with Elina Svitolina REUTERS / Aly Song of Ukraine
Barty, who pushed Yastremska aside for an hour and 25 minutes, is bidding to end Australia long-awaited for a domestic champion at the first Grand Slam of the year. The last one was Chris OiênNeil, who won the women's title at the tournament in 1978.
Barty broke Ukrainian twice to win the first set but Yastremska gave a tougher resistance in the second to equalize the score at 4-4. The Australians broke 6-5 with four consecutive errors from the Ukrainians and served to seal the title.
Barty suffered an unexpected defeat to US qualifier Jennifer Brady in her opening match at the Brisbane International tournament earlier this month, but winning the title in Adelaide is the perfect way to end the preparation of her for Melbourne Park.
She fired 15 winners against the stubborn Yastremska, who committed 31 unfulfilled mistakes.
Incredibly, he said Barty, who punched in the air and hit the balls into the crowd to celebrate her first title win at home.
I felt like it was a great match and I had to play my best to cross the line.
I like to play in Australia, I like …
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