Barty looks to end 46-year Aussie drought in Paris | Daily News

Barty looks to end 46-year Aussie drought in Paris

Australia’s  Ashleigh Barty returns the ball to Amanda  Anisimova of the US during their women’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis  tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (AFP)
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty returns the ball to Amanda Anisimova of the US during their women’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (AFP)

PARIS FRIDAY: Ashleigh Barty aims to end Australia’s 46-year wait for a Roland Garros women’s singles champion on Saturday when she faces Czech teenage breakout star Marketa Vondrousova.

Margaret Court was the last Australian woman to triumph in Paris in 1973 when she won her fifth and final title in the French capital after 1962, 1964, 1969 and 1970.

That was part of a golden era for Australian women with Lesley Turner (1963 and 1965) and Evonne Goolagong (1971) also triumphing at the clay court Slam.

“It would be incredible,” said 23-year-old eighth seed Barty on her chances of adding her name to that storied roll of honour. Barty, like her 19-year-old Czech opponent, is in her maiden Slam final having laid down a marker by making the quarter-finals of a major for the first time on home ground in Australia in January.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for myself and my team. Like I said, we have worked so hard to put ourselves in these positions.

“Now we get to go out there and really enjoy it. That’s the only way to approach it is to go out and enjoy it, have fun, try and play with freedom.” (AFP)


 

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