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2019 French Open, women's final
Philippe-Chatrier Court, Roland Garros, Paris
Ashleigh Barty (Australia) vs Marketa Vondrousova
In the most unexpected French Open final, Australia’s own Ash Barty takes on Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Join The Roar for live coverage of the final, with scores and a blog beginning starting at 11pm AEST.
The ‘Barty Party’ rolls on at the French Open, with the 24-year-old making her first singles Grand Slam final with a 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 victory over young American Amanda Anisimova.
In a thrilling semi-final, Barty dropped a 5-0 opening set and for the first time this French Open showed some personal frustration.
Barty mustered some brilliance in the second set, coming from nowhere to win six games in-a-row and level the match at one set apiece.
In the third, again there were some incredible moments. Anisimova broke Barty early, though Barty broke back immediately and managed to hold, before breaking again.
Barty had three match points in Anisimova’s service game at 5-2, though was unable to convert any. In the following game, Barty served her way to victory and her first Grand Slam singles final.
At the same time on Court Simonne-Mathieu, Marketa Vondrousova defeated Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6(2) to reach her maiden Slam final.
The teenager shocked Britain’s Konta, who had several chances in the first to take an early lead though couldn’t capitalise.
In the second set tie-break, Vondrousova held her nerve; a sliced backhand was her final shot that dropped just over the net and was too difficult for Konta to chase down, sealing the final spot for the Czech.
Thankfully, the rain held off and both women were able to finish their matches without much interruption at all.
Number one ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty is the first Aussie to make a Grand Slam final since Sam Stosur won the US Open final in 2011.
The right-hander began the tournament as the eighth seed, but will be in the top five come Monday and as high as number two should take the French Open title today.
Her opponent is Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
The 19-year-old left-hander entered the tournament ranked number 38 in the world, though is sure to rise with her performance this tournament to be well inside the top 20.
In her journey to the French Open final, Vondroušová has not dropped a set in a brilliant run.
Among Vondrousova’s scalps was 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round and 31st seed Croatian Petra Martic in the quarter-finals.
Barty and Vondrousova have met on two previous occasions, in Birmingham in 2017 and at the Cincinnati Masters in 2018. Ash Barty won both matches in two sets.
Surviving a tight scare against Anisimova, Barty will be better prepared to fight for her first Grand Slam title.
Vondrousova has had an unbelievable run so far this tournament, but in close encounter with Barty that might all come to an end.
Barty to win in three sets.
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Venue: Court Philippe-Chatrier
Time: 11pm AEST
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports