Ashleigh Barty wins Adelaide title in Australian Open boost

Reuters Adelaide Lead, Victoria, Australia Jan 18, 2020, 04.22 PM(IST)

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Photograph:( Reuters )

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World number one Ash Barty beat Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-5 to win the Adelaide International on Saturday in a major boost before launching her Australian Open campaign

Barty, who swept aside Yastremska in one hour and 25 minutes, is bidding to end Australia's long wait for a homegrown champion at the year's first Grand Slam. The last was Chris O'Neil, who claimed the women's title at the 1978 tournament.

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A tweet from Ashleigh Barty's official twitter account was sent on the day she won expressing her gratitude and joy to the world.

Barty broke the Ukrainian twice to win the first set but Yastremska put up stiffer resistance in the second to level it at 4-4. The Australian broke to go 6-5 up on four straight errors from the Ukrainian and served out to seal the title.

She fired 15 winners against the wayward Yastremska, who committed 31 unforced errors. Barty won her only previous meeting with Yastremska in Miami last year.

Top seed Barty begins her Australian Open campaign against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko on Monday.