Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win French Open
Originally Published: 08 JUN 19 11:46 ET
(CNN) -- Ashleigh Barty won her first grand slam title and became the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 after downing Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets.
The 23-year-old cruised past her 19-year-old rival 6-1 6-3 in Paris in a final that began around one-and-a-half hours late because a men's semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem had to be completed -- and the rain.
Barty said she played the "perfect match," despite feeling nervous.
"It's just been a crazy two weeks," Barty added to the crowd.
It was the first grand slam final for both.
Once they got going, Barty raced to a quick 4-0 lead.
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The eighth seed led another teen, Amanda Anisimova, 5-0 in the first set of the semifinals Friday before the American rallied to take a set and break advantage.
Barty thus had to come back herself to make the finale.
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But on Saturday as the sun came out in Paris in the late afternoon, the former junior star never relinquished her grip.
The Australian turned to her box and fell to her knees after converting a simple overhead smash to clinch the title.
Barty quit tennis in 2014 as she struggled to cope with expectations and lost enjoyment, even playing pro cricket prior to returning in 2016.
And she has continued to soar -- in singles and doubles.
The 38th-ranked Vondrousova hadn't dropped a set prior to the final. Had the left-hander won, Vondrousova would have become the first teen to win a major since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open and the first at Roland Garros since Iva Majoli in 1997.
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