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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Barty dominates en-route to French career-best


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Ashleigh Barty is knocking on the door of the world’s top five after booking a career-best third round showing at the French Open.

Entering the slam at a high of No.8 in the world, even a loss to Danielle Collins would’ve seen her jump provisionally to sixth ahead of Wimbledon in July.

Barty can better that though thanks to a gritty 7-5 6-1 win on a damp, cold Paris afternoon that continued the Australian’s charmed 2019 run.

A champion in Miami earlier this year, Barty was also a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and is destined to carry a new career-high ranking onto her favourite grass surface next month.

Ashleigh Barty

The 23-year-old played the part of a top-five star, weathering the Australian Open semi-finalist Collins’ best blows in a see-sawing first set before executing a clinical finish in just under 80 minutes on court.

Collins broke Barty twice in the first set but at 6-5 Barty amplified the pressure to gain the ascendancy.

She then saved three break points early in the second set in what proved a crucial hold.

Collins all but handed Barty the decisive break with two loose errors in the next game and no sooner were they shaking hands.

Barty will play either Andrea Petkovic or 25th seed Su-Wei Hsieh in the third round, while a likely encounter with Serena Williams is still on the cards in the round of 16.

Ashleigh Barty is knocking on the door of the world’s top five after booking a career-best third round showing at the French Open.

Entering the slam at a high of No.8 in the world, even a loss to Danielle Collins would’ve seen her jump provisionally to sixth ahead of Wimbledon in July.

Barty can better that though thanks to a gritty 7-5 6-1 win on a damp, cold Paris afternoon that continued the Australian’s charmed 2019 run.

A champion in Miami earlier this year, Barty was also a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and is destined to carry a new career-high ranking onto her favourite grass surface next month.

Ashleigh Barty

The 23-year-old played the part of a top-five star, weathering the Australian Open semi-finalist Collins’ best blows in a see-sawing first set before executing a clinical finish in just under 80 minutes on court.

Collins broke Barty twice in the first set but at 6-5 Barty amplified the pressure to gain the ascendancy.

She then saved three break points early in the second set in what proved a crucial hold.

Collins all but handed Barty the decisive break with two loose errors in the next game and no sooner were they shaking hands.

Barty will play either Andrea Petkovic or 25th seed Su-Wei Hsieh in the third round, while a likely encounter with Serena Williams is still on the cards in the round of 16.

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