Barty targeting ‘next goal’ of no. 1 spot after French Open triumph

Johanna Konta of Great Britain plays a backhand during her ladies singles semi-final match against Marketa Vondrousova of The Czech Republic during Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros

Johanna Konta hits a backhand against Marketa Vondrousova on Friday Credit Getty Images

Live stream: fuboTV (free trial), Sling.

It's why her relatively lopsided win the final - which raised questions about quality - should not be clouded given how she had already conquered a much bigger battle in the semis.

Barty is the first Australian in a grand slam final since Samantha Stosur won the US Open in 2011.

"They go hand-in-hand. I think I have become a better person, and with that, I've become a better tennis player, as well", Barty said.

"It was special to have that pop up in my mind over the last two weeks", Queenslander Barty, who quit the tennis life in 2014 to play cricket, before returning in 2016, told reporters.

"That's kind of the next point, the next goal, the next situation I could see myself in", she said.

Until the first set, Marketa Vondrousova was the only player left in the French Open draw who did not drop a set in the entire tournament, but Ashleigh Barty ruined that record of her's.

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.

The results the first five times Barty entered the French Open: three losses in the first round, two in the second round.

"That photo has gone far and wide across the world", Barty said. But it was a little too late for her. And a lashing forehand on the set point from Barty's end sent her one set closer the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen. "Probably never done that to myself before". She also seemed gobsmacked that she won the match and was spotted swearing in disbelief.

The Ashleigh Barty vs Marketa Vondrousova match is scheduled to begin at 06.30 PM (Indian Standard Time). "So I think the time away was the best thing for her".

The little pause might have been enough to break Anisimova's concentration. She had also had moderate success in the singles during this time, but while her doubles successes continued into the next year, she struggled in the singles - physically, and most importantly, mentally.

"She must be one of the favourites for Wimbledon now". After another, she balled up her right hand into a fist and landed a punch on each thigh.

"For me, it was a no-brainer for me to take a break", she said. Neither had even been in a major semifinal until this week, either. She finally got on the board with her first game after 19 minutes but the first set was over embarrassingly quickly in 30 minutes. But with grit and her all-court game, she clawed her way back to beat the 17-year-old, who had stunned defending champion Simona Halep, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

The decline in the Australian men's game from the dominant days of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s came more slowly than in the women's but has been no less marked with no Grand Slam champions since Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002. She has the slice and great variety in her game.

"It's been an incredible couple of weeks, that's for sure", she said.

The semifinals were played in hard conditions, in drizzle, wind that reached 12 miles per hour (20 kph) and temperatures of about 60 degrees (15 Celsius).

She hopes that as well as emulating Goolagong, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles, her French Open triumph will open more sporting doors for indigenous youngsters.

Latest News