Barty: French Open glory impossible without two-year break

Barty: French Open glory impossible without two-year break

While Vondrousova was more competitive in the second set, pressing Barty to tougher rallies and longer games, she was unable to turn the tide, with the Australian maintaining her composure to close out the match.

"I just tried to say to myself today on the court: "I may never get this opportunity again, so enjoy it, try and grab it with both hands and go out there and smile".

The women's final of the 2019 French Open takes place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 (6/8/19) when No. 8 Ashleigh Barty takes on Marketa Vondrousova at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, at 9 a.m. EDT.

One of Barty's only missteps came just before the playing of her national anthem during the trophy ceremony, when she had to be instructed where to stand. It's been the most unbelievable journey we've been on the past three years, and I feel like it's just the start.

Ash Barty knew she needed a break from tennis, from the pressure and expectations, from the week-in, week-out grind. "It's just been a insane couple of weeks", said Barty, who will rise to second in the rankings.

But plenty of praise should go to the worthy victor, Ashleigh Barty, a nugget of a player from Australia who was too good on the day for Marketa Vondrousova and won easily, 6-1 6-3.

Barty, who has reached the final at all four majors in doubles and claimed the 2018 US Open title alongside CoCo Vandeweghe, believes the break enabled her to feel more confident in her ability to compete at the highest level.

"It's been an incredible journey the last three years; it's been an incredible journey the last two weeks".

"It's unbelievable, I'm speechless, " she expanded later, "I played the ideal match today".

"I was nervous", said Barty. From there, Anisimova began playing the way she did in her quarterfinal upset of defending champion Simona Halep - and Barty suddenly lost her way.

Barty had never gone past the round of 16 in any Grand slam tournament dating back to her first in 2012. Vondrousova, nineteen years-old, beat opponents like Carla Suarez Navarro, Anastasija Sevastova, Petra Martic and Johanna Konta.

Barty raced to a 4-0 lead as she breezed through the opening set, taking full advantage of 19-year-old Vondrousova's early jitters. Neither had even been in a major semifinal until this week, either.

"I think it was just a natural progression for me coming back to tennis".

Ashleigh Barty was all poise and precision in the French Open final on Saturday.

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