Top-ranked Ash Barty has fine-tuned for the very first tennis significant of the season by winning her first title on home soil with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 24- ranked Dayana Yastremska in Saturday's Adelaide International final. "I'm a bit sick of it to be honest", she told reporters at Melbourne Park on Sunday. I don't read the papers. It wasn't infallible at Adelaide International. but it was "as good as I had to be".
"It's incredible to have so much support and so much love from the Australian public".
He won the Qatar Open in Doha last weekend.
Tsurenko, she said, was playing a game similar to some of the Europeans she had met in Adelaide. "All I can do is keep trying to put myself in this position".
The 23-year-old reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne 12 months ago, losing out to Petra Kvitova in a high-quality encounter.
Barty had suffered a surprise defeat against American qualifier Jennifer Brady in his first game at Brisbane International earlier this month, but the victory for the title in Adelaide was the ideal way to finish his preparations for Melbourne Park.
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She beat out Helena Bonham Carter (" The Crown "), Olivia Colman (" The Crown "), Jodie Comer (" Killing Eve ") and Elisabeth Moss (" The Handmaid's Tale ").
The world number one will start her campaign to add her home grand slam to the French Open title she won in 2019 next week, and will do so in fine form after seeing off one of the most promising players on the WTA Tour.
"Once I was able to get my physicality into it, I felt a lot more comfortable and I think I was able to look after my service games a little better, and not get behind in the set which was important".
Things became more painful on serve in the next game, when she thought she had won it with a backhand at 40-30, only for it to be called long. "We'll just try to do the best we can tomorrow night and see how we go". "I have to start with my clean slate for the Australian Open, I'm looking forward to that first round", she said.
The American held serve and broke Stosur for a third time to finish off an unfortunately familiar first set for Stosur - aside from being broken three times, Stosur failed to convert all six of her break-point chances in the set, hit 19 unforced errors and two doubles faults.
Barty, under huge pressure to deliver a home women's champion for the first time since Chris O'Neil in 1978, plays Polona Hercog of Slovenia or Sweden's Rebecca Peterson next.
"In that regard, there are some similarities". It worked. She returned to the court a different player. There are challenges she presents.