Ashleigh Barty wins French Open title, ends Australia's 46 year drought

Amanda Anisimova

Amanda Anisimova , The Canadian Press

Cash regularly often watches Barty's matches with the Queenslander's coach Craig Tyzzer, admitting he's an unabashed fan of the Australian magician. Similarly, fuboTV will offer a live stream for every round of the French Open.

The Czech, who has a tattoo reading "no rain no flowers" - an appropriate message considering the conditions and the court's setting, surrounded by greenhouses - trailed 5-3 in the second set - but again Konta's game disintegrated.

So it was fitting, perhaps, that Barty not only fell behind by a break in the deciding set before coming back to take control, but also that she required a half-dozen match points to finally close things out.

Unseeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova became the first teenager to reach a Grand Slam final for 10 years as she outsmarted Johanna Konta 7-5 7-6 (2) at the French Open on Friday.

Ahead of her first grand slam final, Vondrousova told ITV4: "It was a very tough match today and I'm just happy that I kept my nerves at the end and so happy with everything".

"This player has a huge potential and could be one of the ones who's going to replace us", he said when Thiem was ranked 57th and playing his second major event.

Eighth seed Barty got off to a strong start and never looked back, winning 6-1, 6-3 after only 70 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. Vondrousova has already become the first teenager to appear in French Open final since Ana Ivanovic, who achieved the feat in 2007.

Left-hander Vondrousova will be inside the top 20 next week as a result of her run in Paris. I just had to see that for myself.

That last part is an apt description of how she approaches each point, looking for just the right angle or speed, understanding where an opponent might be most vulnerable at any given moment. "She was pretty calm", said Halep, who acknowledged feeling the stress of trying to win a second consecutive title in Paris. Anisimova took six consecutive games.

Joy and disbelief crossed Barty's expressive face after she scrambled to fetch a defensive lob from Vondrousova near the net post and smashed it home.

According to her parents, Anisimova has always admired Russian tennis ace Sharapova - whom she dreams of facing on court in the future. Despite her heritage Anisimova has never visited Russian Federation.

"I do think clay suits Ash's game, because she has a few skills, particularly a slice backhand and a big kick serve, that helps her on clay as well".

There was another early move from Anisimova in the decider but a break for 2-1 was the last time she would lead. Anisimova paused while the chair umpire climbed down to check whether the lines were slippery, but determined play could continue.

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