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Barty claims glory in Miami

31st March 2019, 10:27 by Tom McGarry

Ashleigh Barty has claimed the biggest title of her career to date after beating Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Miami Open.

The Australian claimed at 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 victory in what was a gruelling encounter at the Hard Rock Stadium that lasted one hour and 42 minutes.

The first-set was particularly hard fought, but after winning the tie break, Barty had momentum on her side and she only dropped five points in the final four games of the contest.

Barty, who has now won four times on the WTA Tour, acknowledged after the match that she had to dig deep to seal the victory over former world number one Pliskova, who had won their previous meeting at last year's US Open.

"It was going to be a match of small opportunities," she said. "I think I was able to claw my way back into the first set and take an opportunity when I got it in the tie-break.

"I had to keep it physical, make as many balls as possible and keep my running shoes on."

The 22-year-old had another reason to celebrate as well, as she will move into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time following her victory in Miami and she is the first Australian woman to achieve that feat since Samantha Stosur in 2013.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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