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Meet Barty, once cricketer now French Open champ

June 08, 2019 23:33 IST

Factbox on Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who beat Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3 in the French Open final on Saturday:

 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the French Open final against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday

IMAGE: Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the French Open final against Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Born: April 24, 1996 in Ipswich, Australia (age 23)

Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2019)

EARLY LIFE

Began playing tennis aged five when parents Robert and Josie introduced her to the sport.

CAREER TO DATE

- After starting her career on the ITF circuit in Australia in 2010, she played her first WTA qualifying event at the US Open the following year.

- Claimed four singles titles and two doubles titles on the ITF circuit in 2012.

- Won one WTA doubles title and reached three Grand Slam doubles finals with Casey Dellacqua in 2013 (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open). Captured two ITF doubles titles.

- After winning another WTA doubles title in 2014, she took a break from tennis following the US Open and had a successful stint at the Brisbane Heat cricket team in the Women's Big Bash League, before returning in 2016.

- Broke into the top 20 in 2017, clinching her first WTA singles title at Kuala Lumpur as a qualifier. She reached two more singles finals, at Birmingham and Wuhan, before becoming Australia's number one player.

- Won her second and third WTA singles titles at Nottingham and Zhuhai to finish 2018 ranked 15 in the world. Claimed four more doubles titles.

- Sealed her first title of 2019 at Miami in March before clinching her maiden Grand Slam at the French Open.

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