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Barty rolls past Rybakina to second Adelaide title; bags doubles crown too

Ashleigh Barty became a champion on home soil as the world number 1 and top seed rolled past number 7 seed Elena Rybakina to win Adelaide International 1 title here on Sunday
Ashleigh Barty became a champion on home soil as the world number 1 and top seed rolled past number 7 seed Elena Rybakina to win Adelaide International 1 title on January 9, 2022. Photo: WTA

Adelaide, Jan 9 (MNN) For the third time in her career, Ashleigh Barty became a champion on home soil as the world number 1 and top seed rolled past number 7 seed Elena Rybakina to win Adelaide International 1 title here on Sunday.

Barty’s 6-3, 6-2 victory helped her capture the title in South Australia for the second time in the last three years.

The pair were evenly matches over the first six games, but the match quickly turned on the back of a crucial hold of serve by Barty at 3-3.

After digging out of 15-40, the winner ran off seven straight games and wrapped up her 14th WTA singles title in a tidy 64 minutes.

She has now won 17 of her last 18 matches against Top 20 players, and improves to 2-0 against Rybakina all-time with the victory. She’s also won 21 of her last 24 matches in Australia.

In the aforementioned crucial Barty service game in the first set, Rybakina won the point of the match at 15-15, and a double fault gave the Kazakh two chances to lead 4-3.

A missed forehand from Rybakina and a Barty ace brought the world number 1 back to deuce, and she hardly looked back from then on.

After a second-round victory against Coco Gauff, where she came from a set and a break down to win, Barty never lost serve again in the tournament—a streak of 35 consecutive games.

In her last three rounds against Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek and Rybakina, Barty served up a combined 28 aces and saved all four break points she faced.

Against Rybakina, Barty lost just 13 points in nine service games overall, hitting 17 winners to 13 unforced errors.

In the women’s doubles, Barty and Storm Sanders partnered to dominate the 61-minute final over number 3 seeds Darija Jurak of Croatia and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia. The win was Barty’s 12th doubles title and Sanders’ third career doubles title and first in partnership with compatriot Barty.

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