Barty set to become second Indigenous player to win French Open

Barty set to become second Indigenous player to win French Open

"Her tennis has been flawless in the sense of her emotional stability throughout the course of her matches", he told 3AW's Neil Mitchell.

Ashleigh Barty is Australia's first French Open singles champion in 46 years after crushing Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3 in the women's final. Their combined ages were the lowest in a major championship match since Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina met in the 2008 French Open championship.

"She has so much variety in her game".

She then found herself 3-0 down in the second set and staring down the barrel of of a crushing defeat to a player who doesn't turn 18 until August.

Vondrousova claimed the first set with a defensive lob that landed plumb on the baseline.

Just three years ago, Barty had a cricket bat - rather than a tennis racket - in her hands as she took a two-year break from tennis to play for Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash, where she enjoyed rich success.

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. All alone at the end of the platform, she gave way to emotion at last and struggled to hold back tears.

Both players will have history in their sights on Saturday. Nadal is 92-2 in his French Open career.

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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.

Her straight-sets win against American Madison Keys in the quarter-finals means the 23 year old is now just one game away from making the final.

Working as if she had a dinner reservation, Barty went up 4-0 in a scant 10 minutes before Vondrousova, still valiantly pounding her heavy groundstrokes, broke her to get on the board.

Credit Barty for digging deep but it was all too easy for the Australian as she promptly won six games on the trot to level the match.

Barty said she went the full gamut of form with some sparkling shots, but some points leaving plenty to desire. Here is everything you need to know about her as she looks to make history in Paris. "I said previous year that I hope to get another chance in a Grand Slam final and hope to do better then, so tomorrow there is the chance".

"That is the hardest thing I have ever had to do", Barty said. "When I saw the schedule, also, I was a little bit, like, surprised". It just feels like just yesterday that we jumped on the plane to come over here to start again.

The 37-year-old Federer was serenaded off the court by spectators' chants of his first name. "And even if it's not, it's a sport they can play for life".

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