SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: The15-year-old Australian, Ashleigh Barty, won her first tournament as a professional today defeating the No. 2 seed Olivia Rogowska in straight sets 61 63 in the Nature's Way Sydney International Final at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Barty, the Wimbledon Junior champion, put in a spirited display. The Aussie only entered the tournament as a qualifier but charged to a 5-0 lead in the first set with Rogowska having no answer to the constant pressure applied by her opponent.
In a spirited display which revealed all of her fighting qualities, Barty showed she is the one of the brightest prospects in Australian tennis with her performance. In the tournament overall she only lost one set in five matches.
However, Rogowska proved a formidable opponent clawing her way back into the match to lead 3-2 in the second set and looked likely to take away the early advantage Barty had gained in the match.
Barty then applied the pressure once more with her powerful strokes and was able to close out the match.
According to Barty, "the match was tight and the result didn't give a real indication of the closeness of the game. It was a very physical game with some long points but I will cherish the win. I am now in the main draw for an event in Mildura this week rather than entering as a qualifier, so I am pleased with where my game is heading."
Coach Jason Stoltenberg said his advice to Ashleigh was to '"hang tough." "She did it in style against Olivia and she raised the bar to another level with some of the shots she played today. Her work ethic is excellent for one so young and she is very professional and self-motivated. It will be an interesting path she takes from this point on in terms of her development."