World No.1 tennis sensation, Ashleigh Barty, won her first title of the season as she saw off Elena Rybakina to claim the WTA Adelaide International Tournament title on Sunday, 9 January 2022.
Barty earned a 6-3 6-2 victory in the final after losing a set to Cori Gauff in her opener at the tournament.
The 25-year-old went on to win three consecutive matches in straight sets.
Speaking to WTA after her win, Barty said: “We’ve obviously had a brilliant week, been able to work progressively through each match.
“I got better and better. I felt like today (Sunday) there were really a few key moments early in the first set to gain momentum,” she added.
“I was really happy to be able to get a couple of early breaks in the second and run away with it.”
Barty was especially glad about the way her serve worked in Adelaide: “I probably felt like overall this week my serve has been a real weapon.”
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The motivated two-time Grand Slam champion will shift focus on winning big in Melbourne, saying: “I feel good leading up to an Australian Open like I have every year.
“Each and every preparation is unique, each and every preparation is different. So, we take it for what comes and what it is, move on, try and do the best that we can in every opportunity, whether that’s here in Adelaide or it’s in Melbourne,” she added.
“It has absolutely no effect on the way that I prepare or the way I’m thinking leading forward just because it’s a Grand Slam. Doesn’t change for us. We look forward, we do what we can, then we see how we go,” she concluded.
A very special Sunday 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/WcD2woc7i0
— Ash Barty (@ashbarty) January 9, 2022
Photo 1 Caption: World No.1 tennis sensation, Ashleigh Barty, won her first title of the season as she saw off Elena Rybakina to claim the Adelaide title on Sunday, 9 January 2022. Photo: Ash Barty (Twitter)