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Barty's classy act after French Open triumph


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Ash Barty was too good for Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final and afterwards, the Australian was pure class.

Barty won her maiden Grand Slam title and banked a massive winner's cheque of €2.3 million (more than $3.7 million).

Yet there were no histrionics on centre court at Roland Garros. Barty put away a simple smash, then quietly dropped a disbelieving "f---" as she soaked in the moment.

She paid tribute to Sam Stosur in her victory speech, a classy touch. Later, she celebrated by drinking beers with her team long into the night. It was all understated and impressive - Barty to a T.

"Just a phenomenal win for Ash," Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said on Sports Sunday.

"I wasn't surprised by her level. She's brought that style and that level of play over the last 12 months.

"More so, I was really proud of the way she carried herself. In the semi-final, it was a deficit in the second set, came back and then just superb in the final.

"She had a really eerie sense of calm throughout the French Open. It's a real testament to Ash and the team around her. Craig Tyzzer in particular, her coach."

Barty stands just 166cm tall, yet won in Paris with power and exceptional skill; notably with her elite slice backhand. Molik said that tennis was lucky to have her.

"Ash will still be the same tomorrow. She's just a very normal person, the girl next door," Molik said.

"I think that's why all of Australia, and I think the entire world, have a real affinity with her. They don't just like watching her, I think they really respect the person she is and what she displays on the sporting arena.

"We like fair players, we like players that go about their business and that's what Ash does. We love fighters.

"What a moment to celebrate. This moment, it's going to be part of history now and I couldn't think of anyone more perfect or deserving of it."

Ash Barty: This is how legends are made

A proud product of Ipswich, Barty made a big impression on everybody, not just within tennis.

"The thing that I liked about it, not just the way she played ... I loved her celebration when she won," former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

"Put the big smash away, the easy put-away, and then didn't roll around on the ground, didn't point to a tattoo on her arm that said something political. She actually crouched down and thought, 'Wow ... what a moment for me'. That humbleness you talk about. 'Hey ... I've just won the French Open'. First Australian woman for 46 years.

"She enjoyed the moment. That's how I like people to celebrate milestones like that."

Barty's tribute to Australian veteran Stosur, who made it to the French Open final in 2010, was especially well-received.

"It's unbelievable. I'm a little bit speechless," Barty said.

"It's incredible. I played the perfect match today. I'm so proud of myself and my team, but it's just been a crazy two weeks.

"It's a special place for Australian players as well. Obviously Sam has done so well here in the past and she's been so close before.

"I'm incredibly proud of what I've been able to achieve. It's just been a magical two weeks."

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"The thing that I love about Ash Barty, and I don't mean this in any condescending way at all: she's just so bloody ordinary," Sydney Morning Herald chief sports writer Andrew Webster said on Sports Sunday.

"There's no rubbish about her whatsoever. She's so humble. The way that she spoke afterwards and paid tribute to Sam Stosur and those before her, I just said, 'There's a tennis champion we've been looking out for'."

Barty took a career detour through cricket before returning to tennis, saying that her Grand Slam win would not have been possible without the break.

"She was pretty good at cricket, too," Australian women's captain Meg Lanning said on Sports Sunday.

"We played her in the first game of the Big Bash at Junction Oval and she whacked 50 I think. She could have continued there [in cricket].

"But the last few years she's been back in tennis, she's just been so calm. Such a great sport-person for Australia.

"That semi-final that she played ... the mental toughness just to push through and get through to the final was incredible to watch."

Ash Barty was too good for Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final and afterwards, the Australian was pure class.

Barty won her maiden Grand Slam title and banked a massive winner's cheque of €2.3 million (more than $3.7 million).

Yet there were no histrionics on centre court at Roland Garros. Barty put away a simple smash, then quietly dropped a disbelieving "f---" as she soaked in the moment.

She paid tribute to Sam Stosur in her victory speech, a classy touch. Later, she celebrated by drinking beers with her team long into the night. It was all understated and impressive - Barty to a T.

"Just a phenomenal win for Ash," Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said on Sports Sunday.

"I wasn't surprised by her level. She's brought that style and that level of play over the last 12 months.

"More so, I was really proud of the way she carried herself. In the semi-final, it was a deficit in the second set, came back and then just superb in the final.

"She had a really eerie sense of calm throughout the French Open. It's a real testament to Ash and the team around her. Craig Tyzzer in particular, her coach."

Barty stands just 166cm tall, yet won in Paris with power and exceptional skill; notably with her elite slice backhand. Molik said that tennis was lucky to have her.

"Ash will still be the same tomorrow. She's just a very normal person, the girl next door," Molik said.

"I think that's why all of Australia, and I think the entire world, have a real affinity with her. They don't just like watching her, I think they really respect the person she is and what she displays on the sporting arena.

"We like fair players, we like players that go about their business and that's what Ash does. We love fighters.

"What a moment to celebrate. This moment, it's going to be part of history now and I couldn't think of anyone more perfect or deserving of it."

Ash Barty: This is how legends are made

A proud product of Ipswich, Barty made a big impression on everybody, not just within tennis.

"The thing that I liked about it, not just the way she played ... I loved her celebration when she won," former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

"Put the big smash away, the easy put-away, and then didn't roll around on the ground, didn't point to a tattoo on her arm that said something political. She actually crouched down and thought, 'Wow ... what a moment for me'. That humbleness you talk about. 'Hey ... I've just won the French Open'. First Australian woman for 46 years.

"She enjoyed the moment. That's how I like people to celebrate milestones like that."

Barty's tribute to Australian veteran Stosur, who made it to the French Open final in 2010, was especially well-received.

"It's unbelievable. I'm a little bit speechless," Barty said.

"It's incredible. I played the perfect match today. I'm so proud of myself and my team, but it's just been a crazy two weeks.

"It's a special place for Australian players as well. Obviously Sam has done so well here in the past and she's been so close before.

"I'm incredibly proud of what I've been able to achieve. It's just been a magical two weeks."

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"The thing that I love about Ash Barty, and I don't mean this in any condescending way at all: she's just so bloody ordinary," Sydney Morning Herald chief sports writer Andrew Webster said on Sports Sunday.

"There's no rubbish about her whatsoever. She's so humble. The way that she spoke afterwards and paid tribute to Sam Stosur and those before her, I just said, 'There's a tennis champion we've been looking out for'."

Barty took a career detour through cricket before returning to tennis, saying that her Grand Slam win would not have been possible without the break.

"She was pretty good at cricket, too," Australian women's captain Meg Lanning said on Sports Sunday.

"We played her in the first game of the Big Bash at Junction Oval and she whacked 50 I think. She could have continued there [in cricket].

"But the last few years she's been back in tennis, she's just been so calm. Such a great sport-person for Australia.

"That semi-final that she played ... the mental toughness just to push through and get through to the final was incredible to watch."

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