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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot

• French Open champion looks forward to grass season
• Barty highlights progress for Australia’s indigenous youth

Johanna Konta’s “acceptance” fatalism got her to the semi-finals of the French Open, her third journey that far in a slam event. Ashleigh Barty’s uncomplicated realism helped her win her breakthrough major and, if they meet at Wimbledon next month, their clash of philosophies will inform the course of the championship.

The British No 1 left Paris with five wins and a loss, butchering set point with an ill-judged drive volley (that she then packed away for the rest of the semi-final) to let Marketa Vondrousova escape from 5-3 down in the semi-finals on Friday and advance to Saturday’s decider where the Czech teenager’s composure evaporated in the face of Barty’s fearless and intelligent shot-making.

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Sun, 09 Jun 2019 15:21:29 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: ‘A joy to watch’: Ashleigh Barty French Open success sparks flood of support

GUARDIAN TENNIS: ‘A joy to watch’: Ashleigh Barty French Open success sparks flood of support

  • Rod Laver and Evonne Goolagong Cawley lead tributes
  • #BartyParty Twitter hash tag takes off on social media

Any doubt about Ashleigh Barty’s popularity inside and outside the tennis world has been blown away by the incredible reaction to her French Open triumph. The 23-year-old’s Roland Garros breakthrough not only catapulted her to world No 2 but sparked a wave of support from across the globe.

Tennis legends Rod Laver and Evonne Goolagong Cawley led the tributes. Laver, who has been following Barty’s charge courtside in Paris, praised her poise throughout the tournament.

Related: Ashleigh Barty: a humble and hugely popular grand slam champion | Simon Cambers

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Sun, 09 Jun 2019 08:59:50 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty: a humble and hugely popular grand slam champion | Simon Cambers

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty: a humble and hugely popular grand slam champion | Simon Cambers

The Australian was close to individual perfection in the French Open final but as ever was keen to stress the importance of her team

Everything you need to know about Ash Barty was summed up in the immediate aftermath of her first grand slam success. Within minutes, the 23-year-old, a teenage prodigy turned cricketer and turned back into a tennis player again, was busy trying to share the glory with those she feels have helped her along the way.

From her family – her parents and her two sisters – to her team, and coach Craig Tyzzer, Barty almost always speaks of “we” when it comes to describing her exploits. She may be a grand slam champion for the first time, but as far as she is concerned, it has been a team effort.

Related: Ashleigh Barty storms to French Open glory with win over Vondrousova

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Sat, 08 Jun 2019 23:10:31 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: ‘The stars aligned’: Ashleigh Barty’s stormy journey to French Open glory – video

GUARDIAN TENNIS: ‘The stars aligned’: Ashleigh Barty’s stormy journey to French Open glory – video

Ashleigh Barty has crowned her incredible comeback to tennis with a stunning French Open final triumph. Five years after quitting the sport in despair, Barty joined Australian legends Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Lesley Bowrey on the Roland Garros honour roll with a ruthless 6-1 6-3 victory over unseeded Czech Markéta Vondroušová. The win caps off a phenomenal turnaround since returning to tennis in 2016, with a ranking of 623, following an 18-month sabbatical where she played cricket in the Women’s Big Bash League with Brisbane Heat

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Sat, 08 Jun 2019 22:36:19 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty aiming to ‘do some damage’ at French Open

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty aiming to ‘do some damage’ at French Open

  • New world No 9 keen to improve game on clay courts
  • Queenslander senses opportunity in Paris

Ashleigh Barty sees no reason why the clay season will slow her down as she sets her sights on the French Open. The Queenslander was back on home soil on Wednesday after Sunday’s Miami Open victory propelled her to a career-high world No 9.

Barty will lead Australia’s Fed Cup semi-final charge in Brisbane later this month but is already eyeing the next grand slam in Paris.

Related: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

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Wed, 03 Apr 2019 02:35:52 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

  • 22-year-old is first Australian woman in top 10 since 2013
  • Victory in Florida brings $1.3m prize money

Ashleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday in the final of the Miami Open.

The 22-year-old Australian, seeded 12th, won her fourth title and the biggest of her career. She improved to 18-3 this year and will rise next week to career-high ranking of No9, the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 19:55:48 GMT

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