Ashleigh Barty reacts after winning the Yarra Valley Classic final match against Garbine Muguruza in Melbourne on Sunday. Reuters
Melbourne: Britain’s Cameron Norrie will be exploring every avenue in preparation for his Australian Open third-round clash against World No. 2 Rafael Nadal – and countryman Andy Murray might be getting a phone call as a result.
Eighth seed Barty got off to a strong start and never looked back, winning 6-1, 6-3 after only 70 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.
The angle of Ash Barty’s climb to the top of women’s tennis has been so steep, the rise so fast, that the sight of her name perched on top of the Wimbledon draw as top seed and favourite still requires a second glance.
The Emirati, who scored 70 points (24, 23, 23) in the first three rounds on Sunday, secured 47 points (23, 23) in the final two rounds to end the competition with 117 points.
Disappointment of first round exit turned into joy for Argentine fencer Maria Belen Perez Maurice at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday as the athlete said yes to a marriage offer from coach and her long-time partner.
Tears of joy ran down Nishiya's cheeks as she realised she had become the country's youngest ever gold medal winner.