Roland Garros is in the books for another year for the women after Saturday’s singles final. I successfully managed to make it through the entire day avoiding the result of the final and sat down this evening to watch the match. This post reviews the 2019 French Open final between Ash Barty and Marketa Vondrousova. It’s been a real challenge to follow this Slam but i’ve enjoyed the ride. Excited for Wimbledon and plenty of live tennis around the corner…
Final review 🎾
Ash Barty d. Marketa Vondrousova, 6-1 6-3
Playing a near-perfect match, Ash Barty won her first Slam title with a straight sets win over Marketa Vondrousova in just 70 minutes. From the first point to the last, Barty was on it and delivered a superb performance. Barty served extremely well, particularly behind the second serve, where she lost just four points on it. She used the serve to set up the points on her terms and was decisive with the forehand. It was clear Barty’s gameplan was to be aggressive and she came forward with confidence, winning 15 of 20 points at the net. The Aussie moved beautifully and was able to chase down the majority of Vondrousova’s drop shots and put them away for winners.
It was a nervy start, understandably, from Vondrousova and while she did improve as the match wore on, she just didn’t do enough to put Barty under pressure. The Aussie was given time to construct the points the way she wanted to and she executed clearly and precisely, showing no signs of wavering in the second set. Barty was rock solid on serve and broke Vondrousova’s serve for the fifth time, sealing the win with an overhead smash winner.
Well done, Ash! What a star ⭐ .
Hot shot of the day 🔥
It’s been difficult to find many points to share this tournament so going with the RG shot of the day and a gorgeous slice drop shot winner from Ash.
Handshakes and hugs 🤗
Lovely moment at the net between the two. Vondrousova was extremely classy in defeat.
Super snap 📸
Great shot by Jimmie48 Tennis of the Roland Garros finalists.
Final thoughts 🤔
I’m just so happy for Ash! I’ve always been a big fan of her game and I adore watching her play. I thought she’d win Slams but I am surprised how quickly she has progressed this year. Barty is 31-5 for the year, has lost just one match this year to a player ranked outside the top ten and now moves to number two (TWO!!!!) in the world rankings. A good result at Wimby and Barty could be world number one. For Barty to win her first Slam on her weakest surface speaks volumes. I think she’ll add to her tally in the future.
Normally the French Open champ has a tough job at replicating at Wimbledon but Barty now moves onto her favourite surface and on a wave of confidence! She’s not a flashy player who has had just a peak run. It’s been solid, consistent and thoughtful tennis in Paris and actually, all year. She’s one of the most intelligent and versatile players on the tour. I’m tending to think she can still be one to watch at SW19. It will depend on how mentally spent she is from this run in Paris.
It’s been a weird end to the tournament with the scheduling, rain and a surprising final four. I missed everything today but I guess there was drama with the start time of the women’s final being pushed back. I’m thrilled with the winner and will remember Mertens-Sevastova and Osaka-Azarenka as the matches of the tournament. The tournament will always be tinged with a bit of sadness with the retirement of my favourite player, Lucie Safarova and the end of my tennis fandom. Now we move onto grass. It’s my favourite time of the year and I look forward to sharing my live tennis experiences with you all. I’m taking a week off from the blog but will be back for Birmingham. Thanks for all the comments during the tournament! Stay tuned… 🎾🎾🎾