15 January 2022

World No.1 Ash Barty Wins Adelaide International.

World No.1 Ash Barty had a perfect start to the new season ahead of the home Grand Slam — the Australian Open –, winning the Adelaide International in dominant fashion by crushing world No. 14 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday night’s final.Also Read - Adelaide International: Ashleigh Barty Storms Past Iga Swiatek, To Meet Elena Rybakina in Final

This was Barty’s 14th career singles title and second in Adelaide. The victory underlined Barty’s status as the favourite to win the Australian Open, where she is aiming to become the first home-grown champion since 1978. Also Read - Tennis: Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty Named ITF World Champions

Barty, 25, beat American prodigy Coco Gauff, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and 2020 French Open winner Iga Swiatek of Poland en route to the title in Adelaide, without dropping a set or a service game against Rybakina, Kenin or Swiatek. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Novak Djokovic, Ash Barty, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka Headline Tennis Revised Olympic List

It takes Barty’s record against fellow top-20 players to 17-1 since the start of 2021 and means she has won 21 of her last 25 matches on Australian soil.

Source: www.india.com

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