Ashleigh Barty gears up for Australian Open with Adelaide title

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Ashleigh Barty Adelaide International champion

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty wrapped up her Australian Open preparations in the perfect way as she beat Dayana Yastremska to win the Adelaide International.

Having made a shaky start to her 2020 campaign with an opening-match defeat in Brisbane, Barty hit back in the best possible fashion as she was the last player standing this week.

The Roland Garros champion secured a solid 6-2, 7-5 victory over the 19-year-old Yastremska.

After winning the opening set in just 30 minutes, Barty looked set to run away with things as she opened a 2-0 lead in the second set, but the Ukrainian won the next four games before the Australian took control again.

“This is incredible,” said the top seed for the Australian Open.

“I felt like it was a great tussle and I had to play my best to get over the line. I love playing in Australia, I love playing at home.

“It was nice to get the balling rolling this week … and I can’t wait to get started in Melbourne on Monday.”

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