French Open final: Ashleigh Barty beats Markéta Vondroušová – as it happened!

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Ashleigh Barty trounces Marketa Vondroušová in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, to become French Open champion and the first Australian to win the title since 1973.

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Here is the report from the French Open women’s singles final, Kevin Mitchell’s view from Roland Garros to follow:

The champion speaks!

“I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team.

“It’s been a crazy two weeks!”

Barty drops to her haunches after realising what she has just achieved. That was emphatic from the Australian, who never let Vondroušová get a foothold.

Barty wins the French Open women's singles!

Second set: Barty 6-1, 6-3 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): A big net cord takes the Czech to 30-15 and a loose cross-court backhand from Barty hints at some nerves. Vondroušová though seems unable to capitalise and from 40-30 up she is only spared a match point on her own serve by another fortunate net cord. However, Vondroušová fails to put away a volley to win the game and on the next point a measured rally ends with the Czech dumping a forehand into the net. Barty seals the win with an overhead smash!

Barty celebrates victory.
Barty celebrates victory. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images


Second set: *Barty 6-1, 5-3 Vondroušová (* denotes server): After some fight in the last game we get more passivity from Vondroušová on the Barty serve. Short rallies and power hitting Barty take her within a game of the title.


Second set: Barty 6-1, 4-3 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Vondroušová seems flat and so is the crowd. Everyone can tell where this is going... or can they? A fiery winner to go up 15-0 and some resistance from the baseline sees the Czech hang around for another game.

Second set: *Barty 6-1, 4-2 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Too good from Barty, she beats Vondroušová at her own game with a delicate backhand drop shot to go up 15-0. Vondroušová hangs in to get back to 30-30 but then on on consecutive points Barty pushes her opponent deep then hits winners into the open space to hold.

Second set: Barty 6-1, 3-2 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): A rare straightforward service for Vondroušová. She finishes off the game to love by drawing Barty into the net and putting away a backhand into a near-empty return court.

Second set: *Barty 6-1, 3-1 Vondroušová (* denotes server): No such luck on the Barty serve, a dominant hold.

Second set: Barty 6-1, 2-1 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Barty is not giving up anything, forcing Vondroušová to work for every point. The Australian gets some additional fortune when a close line call goes her way to bring about another break point but this time Vondroušová shows some resistance, saving two break points to hold.

Second set: *Barty 6-1, 2-0 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Even Vondroušová gets a sniff she cannot capitalise. After forcing Barty on to the back foot the Czech misses an overhead to move to 30-30. Vondroušová shows some good fight to reach deuce, pulling Barty into the net to and then sending her scrambling back again. Barty looks steely-eyed though and holds firm to consolidate her break.

Second set: Barty 6-1, 1-0 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Barty is not letting up here and this could be over quickly. The Australian again breaks with relative ease.

Earlier on we saw Dominic Thiem set-up a rematch of the 2018 final with Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles. Here is Kevin Mitchell’s report from Roland Garros:

Looking ahead to the grass court season, Andy Murray, who is set to return in doubles action at Queen’s later this month, has revealed that he is “pretty relaxed” about ever playing singles again:


Barty wins first set 6-1!

First set: *Barty 6-1 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Barty marches towards a set lead showing some real power on her groundstrokes and reaching 40-15 with a wonderful overhead. The Australian is made to wait but eventually seals the game and first set with a whipping forehand.

Barty plays a backhand return.
Barty plays a backhand return. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images


First set: Barty 5-1 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Vondroušová’s momentum is immediately halted as Barty earns three break chances with a drop shot of her own. Vondroušová saves one with a firm forehand drive down the line, another by going cross-court and when Barty floats a slice into the net we are back at deuce. That rally is short-lived, two errors from Vondroušová later and Barty will serve for the first set.

First set: *Barty 4-1 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Vondroušová creates an opening at 30-40 but Barty reads her opponent’s latest drop shot attempt to pull back level. A hint of complacency from Barty gives the Czech two more shots at an immediate break-back and the second is taken. Vondroušová finally gets herself on the scoreboard.

First set: Barty 4-0 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Thanks to Will for letting me get a little breather after that epic men’s semi-final. I will be guiding you through the remainder of this one. Vondroušová is having a hard time getting on the board but is refusing to move away from her game, including a trademark drop shot. Barty though is relentless and so far has chased down everything. The Australian outlasts her rival in this one, eventually taking a third break point to put the first set firmly within her grasp.

First set: Barty* 3-0 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Barty looks the more settled here, that’s for sure. She goes 30-0 up with a vicious forehand from the baseline, which Vondrousova has no chance of catching. The game is wrapped up with a cracking forehand into space. No messing about from the Australian.

A view of the court.
A view of the court. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP


First set: Barty 2-0 Vondroušová* (* denotes server): Vondrousova completely miscues a backhand and it floats off court and then she whacks another into the net from the baseline leaving her plenty to do. Barty does similar with a forehand and then a double fault gifts the Australian two break points. The first is squandered by sending one very long but Vondrousova sets her own downfall in the end with an overhit forehand.


First set: Barty* 1-0 Vondroušová (* denotes server): Barty serves first and looks in good nick as she races into a 30-0 but a long forehand gives Vondrousova in opening. The teenager does not build on it, as she cuts a backhand straight into the net. An ace from Barty completes the hold.


The pair are now getting into the swing of things on court after posing for photos and sending the mascots on their merry way.

Here come the players, along with the mascots and a massive bunch of pink flowers each. I am not sure what they are supposed to do with the flowers during the game.

The sun is certainly out but there’s a little bit of cloud around, even if most of them look pretty friendly.

Will I learn to spell Vondroušová off the top of my head? No. It’s a copy and paste job, I suspect.

Thiem wins! So not too long to go now ...

Barty found a gap in the weather to begin her warmup.

Ashleigh Barty prepares a serve.
Ashleigh Barty prepares a serve. Photograph: Rob Prange/Shutterstock


Thiem loses ... put that second bottle of wine in the fridge.

Thiem has broken back against Djokovic and is now serving for the match. All these disruptions have not really helped either player.

It looks very sunny at Roland Garros now, which is a relief. Rather annoyingly for this game Djokovic has broken Thiem in the final set. Could be a bit of a wait, still.

Thiem and Djokovic are readying themselves to return to the court, which is good news. The rain also means Barty and Vondroušová have been unable to get much time on the outside courts to warm up, so it still could be quite a while until the women’s final begins.

At least the rain is a great reminder of what a broadcaster Matt Smith is. He’s deserved better gigs than the ones he has had during his career. A lovely fella, too.

The covers are coming off ...

There is currently no play in the men’s semi-final and the umbrellas are still up at Roland Garros. Might be a good time to make a coffee or open a bottle of wine.

Matt Smith and Annabelle Croft are currently explaining the impact of weather. Croft is backing Barty to win the final, it would seem, saying playing a left-hander will not worry the Australian.

There’s still plenty of wind and rain about in Paris, delaying Djokovic v Thiem and might have an impact on this game later, too, but let’s hope not.

Barty quit tennis in 2014, playing professional cricket for a period before returning to the court two years later.

“It’s been an incredible journey the last three years,” Barty said after her semi-final victory. “It’s been an incredible journey the last two weeks. I feel like I have played some really good tennis, some consistent tennis. Although that level wasn’t there today for the whole match necessarily, it was there when I needed it.

“I’m just so proud of myself the way we were able to go out there and handle it today. All things considered, we’re in a pretty amazing place now.”

And now it’s raining at Roland Garros …

Prior to this, Vondroušová’s finest performance at a Grand Slam saw her reach the fourth round of the US Open last year, so she is certainly in uncharted territory.

A bit more on Ashleigh Barty heading into today’s final ...


It’s not the French Open final anyone anticipated at the start of the tournament but here we are and it should be a pretty exciting one. Ashleigh Barty arrives as the favourite against Markéta Vondroušová, who has saw off Johanna Konta in the semi-final, meaning she will certainly be ready for the occasion.

As they are both surprise finalists there should be a little less pressure on them and could make for an entertaining clash at Roland Garros. Barty has come back to tennis after quitting the sport in 2014 and is certainly calmer on court.

Teenager Vondroušová has pulled off the odd shock on the way to the final but, needless to say, this will be her toughest test. She is yet to drop a set all tournament, which shows what kind of form she is in.

Either way, it will be a great day for one of these.

However, it will be slightly delayed due to Djokovic v Thiem overrunning. Luckily, you can follow it all here:



Tom Bassam (now) and Will Unwin (earlier)

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