From cricketer to grand slam winner, Ashleigh Barty's journey is inspiring
Ashleigh Barty, the Australian who ditched tennis to play professional cricket for a year, defeated Marketa Vondrousova to lift the French Open crown
French Open champion Ashleigh Barty
Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty defeated 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win the 2019 French Open women's singles final.
It's Barty's maiden Grand Slam title and she also became the first Australian woman in 46 years to win the French Open singles.
Barty was once a cricketer
Ashleigh Barty ditched tennis to play professional cricket for a year.
Barty returned to tennis in 2016 after a successful stint with the Brisbane Heat in Australian cricket’s Women’s Big Bash League.
First Aussie woman in 46 years to win French Open
Barty became the first Australian woman in 46 years to win the French Open singles.
Not since Margaret Court’s triumph in Paris in 1973 has an Australian won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen but this victory was in very little doubt from the moment the final began.
'It's unbelievable,' says Barty
"It's unbelievable... I played the perfect match today. I am so proud of myself and my whole team... it has been a crazy two weeks," said Barty.
"This is a special place for Australian players... it has been a magical two weeks," she added.
Barty: It's just been an amazing journey
Barty has rapidly risen up the rankings since returning without a world ranking, and will be the world number two on Monday.
Her dominant 6-1, 6-3 final victory on Saturday over Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova will certainly have her earmarked as a player who can consistently compete on the biggest stage.
"Certainly not here, that's for sure. It's just been an amazing journey that we've had over the last few years," Barty said.
"I just tried to tell myself on the court that I may never get this opportunity again, so enjoy it, try and grab it with both hands and go out there and smile.
Next goal is to become world number one
Ashleigh Barty said that she "certainly" did not think the French Open would be her first Grand Slam title, but with the Roland Garros crown sealed, she will head into the next few majors as one of the favourites and targeting her "next goal" of becoming the world number one.