Barty triumphs in Adelaide ahead of Aussie Open
World number one Ashleigh Barty's preparations for the Australian Open have been boosted by her win at the Adelaide International.
The Australian defeated Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-5 in the final at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, claiming the victory after just one hour and 25 minutes on court.
The 23-year-old eased through the opening set, twice breaking Yastremska, but it was a different story in the second until Barty broke again to go 6-5 up and subsequently served out the match.
Barty was certainly pleased by her performance in the final, admitting she had to be at her "best" against world number 24 Yastremska.
"This is incredible," said Barty. "I felt like it was a great tussle and I had to play my best to get over the line."
The 2019 French Open winner is the top seed for the 2020 Australian Open and she will be bidding to become the first home winner of the event since Chris O'Neil in 1978.
Barty was surprisingly knocked out of the recent Brisbane International in the first round by American qualifier Jennifer Brady but victory in Adelaide appears to have come at just the right time ahead of her home Grand Slam.
"I love playing in Australia, I love playing at home," Barty added. "I can't wait to get started in Melbourne on Monday."
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.