Barty coach stunned by French Open triumph

Toby Graves
June 9, 2019

Planning to support the 23-year-old during the grass-court season, Josie and Robert Barty booked a flight to the United Kingdom last month and were only due to arrive hours before Saturday night's title match at Roland Garros.

Konta bashed away a forehand victor to take the set into a tiebreak but Vondrousova showed remarkable calm to move 6-2 ahead and then clinch victory by conjuring another dropshot to leave her opponent stranded on the baseline.

Rafael Nadal might be on course for a 12th French Open title but the women's tournament will have a new victor.

After Djokovic-Thiem concludes, No 8 seed Ash Barty of Australia will face unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic for the women's championship.

Barty has played the final of doubles tournaments at Grand Slams and she has also won big tournaments such as the Miami Masters.

The 23-year-old will be one of the favourites at the All England Club and Tyzzer believes the confidence boost from the last two weeks in Paris will be huge.

When Anisimova stretched her lead to 3-0 in the second set it appeared to be one-way traffic, only for Barty to rediscover her confidence - and her first serve - as she reeled off six straight games to level at one set all.

"When I saw the schedule, also, I was a little bit, like, surprised".

Ash Barty hits a backhand in the French Open final.

While Barty's folks will have to wait to reunite with Australia's first grand slam finalist in nearly eight years, the Queenslander won't be lacking support when she bids to have her name etched on the famed Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen.

"I fought my hardest and it feels unbelievable".

And Barty broke once more, hammering away a simple smash on her first match point to seal her moment in the spotlight, with Vondrousova left sitting on the bench in tears.

In a post-match press conference, Ms Barty said she was proud of herself and the way she handled the match despite losing the first set.

"That's what I would do nine times out of 10".

Her compatriot Lucie Safarova was the last woman player to achieve that, in 2015, when Vondrousova won the junior doubles final before rushing over to watch her lose to Serena Williams.

"It really wasn't in our thoughts at all, ' Tyzzer said".

"With her great hands she can play on grass very well, I think".

Czech tennis player, Marketa Vondrousova has made it into the final of the 2019 WTA French Open.

"Pretty tough to come to terms with", Barty said of her first-set collapse.

Ashleigh Barty's improbable charge to the French Open final has seemingly caught even her fondest two fans off guard.

She did not play another Grand Slam singles main-draw tie until 2017, and only reached the second week of a major for the first time at least year's US Open.

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