Ashleigh Barty Wins French Open

Ashleigh Barty at the French Open Tennis Championships in 2019
Ashleigh Barty of Australia at the French Open Tennis Championships in 2019. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/Shutterstock (10298843da)

This year, the French Open brought the audience a really different, and might we say strange experience, surprising the fans with unexpected outcomes were the underdogs get to shine and creating stories that have the power to become legendary.

One of those stories will definitely be about Australian Ashleigh Barty’s miraculous comeback to the sport. The 23-year-old surprised everyone in 2014 when she decided to take a break from tennis to play professional cricket. She eventually returned to tennis after 17 months in early 2016 and has since won four tour titles, including the Miami Open in March, as well as the US Open women’s doubles title last year. And now she’s the first Australian to win the singles title in Roland Garros since Margaret Court’s victory in 1973.

This is also the first time that the Australian won a Grand Slam singles title, which makes her comeback even more miraculous. After the match she said that the French Open was a special place for Australian players and that she is incredibly proud of what she has been able to achieve, adding that she almost played the perfect match.