Australian Ash Barty wins the Australian Open
Ashleigh Barty, 25, on Saturday became the first Australian to win the Australian Open in singles since 1978.
Chris O’Neill, the last Australian to win a singles title at the Australian Open, delivered the Daphne Ahurst trophy to the Rod Laver Arena before the match. It is symbolic that the award was presented to Barty by her mentor and colleague, the great Australian tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cowley, who won the tournament four times in a row between 1974 and 1977.
“As an Australian, the most important part of this tournament is being able to share it with so many people.”
“This crowd is one of the most fun I’ve ever played in front of and you guys brought me so much joy today and helped me put on my best game so thank you for all your love and support over the past few weeks. It’s been a dream come true for me and I’m so proud to be Australian.”
Barty, 25, has already won three of the four major trophies and has a perfect 3-0 record in Slam finals.