Ash Barty wins Adelaide International and Simona Halep wins Melbourne Summer Set 1 ahead of Australian Open | Tennis News

Barty is preparing to try to win his home Grand Slam for the first time, having already triumphed at the French Open and Wimbledon; Simona Halep won the Melbourne Summer Set 1 securing her first title since 2020

Last updated: 01/09/22 10:17


Ash Barty claimed the Adelaide International title for the second time after his victory in 2020

World number one Ash Barty was in imperious form on Sunday when the Aussie handed Elena Rybakina a 6-3 6-2 defeat at Memorial Drive to win Adelaide International and claim her 14th career WTA title.

Barty, who won the event in 2020, dominated against the 22-year-old seventh-seeded Kazakhstan to win in just over an hour, as she formed just over a week before the start of the Melbourne Australian Open.

“The work I do with my team behind the scenes puts me in the best possible position to play good tennis over and over again, whenever asked,” Barty told reporters. “I certainly feel pretty good going into the summer.

“I feel good before an Australian Open like every year. Each preparation is unique, each preparation is different.

Barty will be looking to win his home Grand Slam for the first time

Barty will be looking to win his home Grand Slam for the first time

“So we take it for what it is and for what it is, let’s move on, let’s try to do the best we can on every occasion, whether it’s here in Adelaide or Melbourne.”

The 25-year-old took the lead midway through the first set after being forced to save two break points in game seven, fighting back to win despite a double foul.

The house favorite capitalized on a mistake by her opponent after hitting what should have been a simple winner and Barty then hit an ace to keep.

When the non-conversion of that opening upset Rybakina, the Wimbledon champion ruthlessly took advantage of it to put herself in a winning position.

Barty carved out a break-point opportunity in the next game which he immediately converted. From there, the Australian took the lead.

Rybakina’s difficulties increased at the start of the second set, a double fault gave Barty another break in the opening match.

Barty, who hasn’t lost his serve since he did it against Coco Gauff in the tournament’s opening round, amassed seven straight games with another break, to take a 4-0 lead before closing a comfortable win.

Halep triumphs in Melbourne

Simona Halep claimed her 23rd career title

Simona Halep claimed her 23rd career title

Former world number one Simona Halep overtook Veronika Kudermetova in two sets at the Melbourne Summer Set 1 final on Sunday to claim the title and give herself a huge boost of confidence ahead of the Australian Open.

Halep, who was forced out of the French Open, Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics last year due to a calf problem, showed no signs of the problem by beating Kudermetova 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 14 minutes.

Kudermetova started the game strongly, breaking Halep’s serve to take a 2-1 lead in the first set, but the two-time Grand Slam champion responded well, breaking away quickly in the next game and then two more times to take home. the first set 6- 2.

Halep was troubled with calf and knee injuries in 2021

Halep was troubled by calf and knee injuries in 2021

The second set played out in a similar fashion, with Kudermetova taking the lead and Halep recovering to equalize the set 2-2. Halep broke a few games later to reach 5-3 and then held on to love to win his 23rd career title.

“It’s really nice to come back here and play in front of you. Thanks for your support,” Halep told the Rod Laver Arena crowd, who cheered the Romanian from start to finish. “You helped me win.”

Early on Sunday, American Amanda Anisimova struggled with injury by beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-5 1-6 6-4 and claiming her second WTA title in the Melbourne Summer Set 2 tournament which ran at the same time.

Anisimova took the first set 7-5 after reacting from a failure, but struggled in the second when Sasnovich broke twice to take the lead 3-0.

Amanda Anisimova claimed her second WTA singles title of her career

Amanda Anisimova claimed her second WTA singles title of her career

With the set at 4-1, Anisimova took a medical timeout for treatment in her left thigh, returning to the field with her leg heavily tied.

Visibly hampered by the injury, Anisimova looked on the verge of defeat by losing the second set and losing 3-0 in the third, but the American showed great determination to fight back and break twice, before scoring victory with an emphatic ace.

“It’s nice to start the year in a good place and win a title, honestly I couldn’t ask for more,” said Anisimova.

Swiatek withdraws from the Sydney event

World number nine Iga Swiatek has retired from next week’s Sydney Tennis Classic due to a rib injury, the 20-year-old said Sunday.

Pole Swiatek, who won the French Open title in 2020, went down on Saturday against Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semi-final of Adelaide International.

Iga Swiatek has retired from next week's Sydney Tennis Classic

Iga Swiatek has retired from next week’s Sydney Tennis Classic

Swiatek was expected to face US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the opening round of the WTA 500 event in Sydney, which has a field packed with prominent names and will be led by Barty.

The Australian Open, the opening Grand Slam of the year, kicks off in Melbourne on January 17th.

“After an intense pre-season and last week’s tournament in Adelaide, I feel my body needs more time to recover before the Australian Open,” Swiatek said in a Twitter statement.

“I have some pain in the rib area, which is why unfortunately I have decided to withdraw from the Sydney tournament.”

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