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Ashleigh Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

Ashleigh Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

"I predicted before the French Open she would make a major final and win a grand slam within 18 months". The mixed doubles final, which had been scheduled for Thursday on Philippe Chatrier, was also played on Roland Garros' third stadium, with Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan defeating Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowsku 6-1 7-6 (5).

The players split the first two sets - Thiem took the opener 6-2, then Djokovic grabbed the second 6-3 - and Thiem was up a break at 3-1 in the third when action was halted.

Amanda Anisimova smacked one last backhand victor to complete her upset of defending champion Simona Halep in the French Open quarterfinals, flung her racket and covered her mouth with both hands.

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

It takes two to tango and unfortunately one participant arrived too late with anything like her best game and the result was a final that lacked thrills or tension.

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) celebrates recording match point during her match against Amanda Anisimova (USA) on day 13 of the 2019 French Open at Stade Roland Garros.

"I'm speechless", Barty said. It's fantastic she's created this path for indigenous tennis in Australia and not - you know, I think now it's becoming more nationwide.

With Anisimova serving down 0-5, 15-40, Barty held two sets points. She's going to be in many more grand slam finals.

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"I went away from what was working but I am proud of the way I fought and found a way back into that match". Barty, in her first major final, was always in charge.

Anisimova is the first player born in the 2000s to reach the last eight at a slam and she overcame her nerves to hit the defending champion off the court.

"Tennis is a very unique sport, that it can happen very quickly and when a lot of girls and guys are at a very young age", she mused.

Like so many times before, it was Nadal's topspin-heavy lefty forehand, his relentless ball-chasing and his return game that gave Federer fits.

Having said that, it's interesting to note that in those previous encounters, she made little in the way of inroads into Barty's serve, with the Australian holding well in excess of 80% of service games against Vondrousova - if Vondrousova is to lift the trophy, she will need to address that for sure.

Barty, the first Australian to win here since Margaret Court in 1973, threw her hands up and turned to her team, she wore a smile on her face even as her eyes turned moist.

"I feel like I'm playing some really good tennis". Barty has soared into the top 10 while Vondrousova, who began the year ranked 67, has won more matches since the Australian Open than any other woman.