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Saturday, 8 June 2019

'Exciting that another Aboriginal has won'


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With her straight sets win against Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final, Ashleigh Barty put her name among some of Australian tennis' legends.

Barty's 6-1 6-3 demolition job of the Czech teenager made her the first Australian to win the French Open Women's singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley back in 1971.

The 23-year-old Barty is extremely proud of her Indigenous heritage and became the second Indigenous Australian to win the French Open, and was congratulated by Goolagong Cawley.

"I’m almost scared to say it but it’s now 48 years ago since I won my first slam there too," Goolagong Cawley said in a statement.

"What a wonderful result for Australia and how exciting that another Aboriginal has won at the French Open.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

"Tennis Australia and all lovers of tennis here and around the world will be delighted by the natural skills and flair Ash possesses.

"Now they have developed into a beautiful game full of artistry, movement and power. It was there for all to marvel at in Paris. She is a joy to watch.

"Ash has already heard from me and knows how happy I am for her and her lovely family."

Following her win, Barty praised Goolagong Cawley for being a trailblazer for Indigenous athletes like herself.

"It's amazing how she's created this path for Indigenous tennis in Australia and I think now it's becoming more nationwide," she said in her victory speech.

"There's more opportunities for kids to play tennis, both male and female, and I hope we can continue to create those opportunities and let kids know that this is an option for a career. And even if it's not, it's a sport that they can play for life."

Barty's historic win was the first singles title for any Australian at the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973.

After a win, Barty has now moved to a career-high No.2 ranking, behind Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka.

With her straight sets win against Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open final, Ashleigh Barty put her name among some of Australian tennis' legends.

Barty's 6-1 6-3 demolition job of the Czech teenager made her the first Australian to win the French Open Women's singles title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley back in 1971.

The 23-year-old Barty is extremely proud of her Indigenous heritage and became the second Indigenous Australian to win the French Open, and was congratulated by Goolagong Cawley.

"I’m almost scared to say it but it’s now 48 years ago since I won my first slam there too," Goolagong Cawley said in a statement.

"What a wonderful result for Australia and how exciting that another Aboriginal has won at the French Open.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley

"Tennis Australia and all lovers of tennis here and around the world will be delighted by the natural skills and flair Ash possesses.

"Now they have developed into a beautiful game full of artistry, movement and power. It was there for all to marvel at in Paris. She is a joy to watch.

"Ash has already heard from me and knows how happy I am for her and her lovely family."

Following her win, Barty praised Goolagong Cawley for being a trailblazer for Indigenous athletes like herself.

"It's amazing how she's created this path for Indigenous tennis in Australia and I think now it's becoming more nationwide," she said in her victory speech.

"There's more opportunities for kids to play tennis, both male and female, and I hope we can continue to create those opportunities and let kids know that this is an option for a career. And even if it's not, it's a sport that they can play for life."

Barty's historic win was the first singles title for any Australian at the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973.

After a win, Barty has now moved to a career-high No.2 ranking, behind Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka.

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