Nadal Wins 12th, and Barty Wins First Grand Slam
The 123rd French Open and the second Glam Slam of the tennis season is complete. Rafael Nadal continued his dominance on clay winning at Roland Garros for the 12th time on the men’s side. Ashleigh Barty emerged from the field and won her first ever grand slam title from the women’s draw.
First, let’s being Barty whose story is as fascinating s her two-week performance the last two weeks in Paris. Barty defeated Markéta Vondroušová in straight sets on Saturday, 6-1, 6-3.
Barty a former junior Wimbledon champion at the age of 15 and then a Grand Slam doubles finalist at 16 has not continued her potential in recent years. Barty started playing professional cricket in her native Australia before returning to tennis.
The move now turns out to be an excellent decision by Barty who stormed her way through seven opponent to claim the title. Madison Keys, a semifinalist last year is the only player during the fortnight to take a set from her.
Nadal extended his epic record at Roland Garros by defeating Dominic Thiem for the second straight year 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Nadal is the first person man or woman to win the same major tournament 12 times. The win gives Nadal his 18th career Grand Slam title placing him two grand slams behind Roger Federer all-time. Nadal defeated Federer in the semi-finals in straight sets.
Theim became the second player of the tournament to take a set from Nadal. No player pushed the 33-year-old Nadal to five sets during the competition.
The best in tennis will now turn their sights towards preparation for the third major of the season the Championships, Wimbledon that will begin on Monday, July 1st.
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