FILE PHOTO: September 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after scoring a match point in a second round match against Clara Tauson of Denmark on day four of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
World number one Ash Barty was in authoritative form on Sunday (January 9th) when Australian Elena Rybakina lost 6-3 6-2 on Memorial Drive missed to win the Adelaide International and claim the 14th WTA title of her career.
Barty, who won the event in 2020, dominated the 22-year-old Seventh Seed from Kazakhstan and won in just over an hour, because she is in shape a little more than a week before the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The 25-year-old took command in the middle of the first set after saving two breakpoints in the seventh game and despite himself A double fault fought to victory.
The home favorite took advantage of a mistake by her opponent after she had posted the actual winner and Barty then hit an ace to hold.
When Rybakina failed to close this opening convert, shaken, took advantage of the Wimbledon champion ruthlessly gave the opportunity to put herself in a match-winning position.
Barty earned her own breakpoint chance in the next game, which she converted immediately. From there the Australian took over the command.
Rybakina’s difficulties increased at the beginning of the second set, a double mistake brought Barty another break in the opening game.
Barty, who has been serving since the opening round against Coco Gauff in the opening round of the Tournament didn’t lose, scored seven straight games with another break and took a 4-0 lead before taking a comfortable win.
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