Adelaide International: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty beats Dayana Yastremska in straight sets to clinch first title on home soil

Barty conceded just two points on serve during the first set, breaking the 19-year-old Yastremska's serve in the third and seventh games

The Associated Press January 18, 2020 14:42:45 IST
Adelaide International: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty beats Dayana Yastremska in straight sets to clinch first title on home soil
  • The French Open champion had reached finals in Australia before, finishing runner-up twice at the Sydney International after losses to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Petra Kvitova last year

  • Barty is now the first Australian woman to win a tour-level title at home since 2011

  • Barty's next match will be on Rod Laver Arena on the first night of the Australian Open against Lesia Tsurenko

Adelaide: Top-ranked Ash Barty has fine-tuned for the first tennis major of the season by winning her first title on home soil with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over World No 24 Dayana Yastremska in Saturday's Adelaide International final.

Adelaide International World No 1 Ashleigh Barty beats Dayana Yastremska in straight sets to clinch first title on home soil

Ashleigh Barty celebrates her win over Dayana Yastremska during their Adelaide International tennis match. AP

The French Open champion had reached finals in Australia before, finishing runner-up twice at the Sydney International after losses to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Petra Kvitova last year.

She's now the first Australian woman to win a tour-level title at home since 2011.

Barty conceded just two points on serve during the first set, breaking the 19-year-old Yastremska's serve in the third and seventh games.

Yastremska struggled against Barty's backhand slice and changes of pace and height on the ball.

Barty broke to open the second set but Yastremska rallied to win the next three games and had two break point chances in the eighth game.

The home favourite saved both of those to level at 4-4 and then broke Yastremska's serve in the 11th game and served out.

“This is incredible. Great start to the year,” Barty said. "I definitely feel the love out here. I love playing in Australia. I love playing at home."

"It was nice to get the ball rolling this week — I can't wait to get started in Melbourne on Monday."

Barty's next match will be on Rod Laver Arena on the first night of the Australian Open against Lesia Tsurenko. Her run to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park last year was Barty's best run yet at her home championship. She followed that up by winning at Roland Garros for her first major title and closed the 2019 season with victory in the WTA Finals.

Yastremska seeded No 23, will face Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan in the first round.

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