Paris: Ashleigh Barty beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win the Roland Garros women's singles title. Barty becomes the first Australian woman in 46 years to win the French Open singles. Eighth seed Barty joins 1969, 1970 and 1973 champion Margaret Court and 1971 winner Evonne Goolagong-Cawley on the list of Australian women who have lifted the trophy here in the professional era.
Dominic Thiem beat Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up Roland Garros men's singles final vs Rafael Nadal. This rollercoaster of a semi-final between Djokovic and Thiem went on for over four hours and Thiem eventually came out on top by breaking Djokovic.
Jun 8, 2019 9:19 pm (IST)
We Have a New Champion! | Eighth seed Ash 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.
"I played the perfect match today. I'm so proud of myself and my team. It's been a crazy two weeks!," Barty says after the match.
Australia’s Greatest 🇦🇺@ashbar96 is the 2019 Roland-Garros champion, defeating Vondrousova 6-1 6-3.
Ash Barty is playing some exquisite tennis, playing the drop shot to the tee. Marketa Vondrousova is having to run around the court without the points to show for her effort. Both women holding serve for now, as the winds starts to pick up inside the stadium.
Barty up 4-3 in the second set.
Jun 8, 2019 8:58 pm (IST)
Marketa Vondrousova and Ash Barty both hold their serve. The game is getting competitive finally. Both have grown into the contest.
Ash Barty is out here having the perfect final, while Marketa Vondrousova is finding it hard to even chase her own shadow. Bit underwhelming this for a French Open final. Meanwhile Barty holds serve.
Barty up 2-0 now in the second set.
Jun 8, 2019 8:38 pm (IST)
Marketa Vondrousova is attempting a fight back, or at least trying to. The Czech teenager fails to hold serve in the again. Luck, as it seems, in not on her side.
Barty up 1-0 in the second set.
Jun 8, 2019 8:32 pm (IST)
Ash Barty Takes the 1st Set | Ash Barty takes the first set rather easily against Marketa Vondrousova. The Australian means business in the final and the teenaged Czech will have to step up her game now.
The first last just for 28 minutes.
Three years ago, @AshBar96 returned to the @WTA tour ranked No. 623 after taking a break to play cricket.
Marketa Vondrousova Breaks Back Ash Barty | The Czech finally breaks back after initial jitters spoiled her game. The Australian though does enough to again counter-attack by breaking back again. But Vondrousova is showing signs of fighting back.
Set 1: Barty leads Vondrousova 5-1
Jun 8, 2019 8:17 pm (IST)
Ash Barty Breaks Marketa Vondrousova Again | Vondrousova has been unable to show her game early on in the women's singles final. All the initiative is with Ash Barty and Vondrousova is being only responsive, just putting the balls back. Barty has come out all guns blazing and has taken the final by the scruff of the neck.
Set 1: Barty leads Vondrousova 4-0
Jun 8, 2019 8:12 pm (IST)
Ash Barty gets a comfortable hold of serve to take a 3-0 lead in the first set. It is initial power hitting from Barty that Vondrousova has not been able to match so far. Will this be a one-sided final or Vondrousova will be able to take the game to Barty after initial nervous moments and make a match of this?
Jun 8, 2019 8:09 pm (IST)
Ash Barty Breaks Marketa Vondrousova Early On | Barty gets the perfect start to the women's singles final as she breaks Vondrousova early on to take a 2-0 lead in the set. It looks like early jitters for the Czech player as she was outdone by Barty in her service game. Barty's big hitting will come into play here but Vondrousova has movement on her side.
Jun 8, 2019 8:05 pm (IST)
Ash Barty holds her serve in the first game of the women's singles final with ease. Early in the final, there will be jitters for both the players and it will be interesting to see who can pull the early chords.
Set 1: Barty leads Vondrousova 1-0
Jun 8, 2019 8:01 pm (IST)
That's the trophy Ash Barty and Marketa Vondrousova are fighting for today. It is a first Grand Slam tournament final for both and the nerves will run deep. Early on it should be about who handles the pressure and nerves of the final better.
Ash Barty and Marketa Vondrousova have taken the court. The toss is done and the two are now warming up for the big final. This is the first final for both the players and they have shown exceptional strength so far in the tournament. Their exciiting game styles is sure to make for a cracking women's singles final at Philippe Chatrier.
Who would have expected the 19-year-old from Czech Republic to make the final? She has and in some style. Vondrousova is yet to drop a single set in the tournament and will fancy herself against Ash Barty.
With the win, Thiem has now defeated Djokovic in the French Open for the second year running. Thiem had defeated Djokovic in the quarter-final in Paris last year and the Serb was looking for his big revenge win. However, the Austrian upped his game and showed why he is referred to as the 'Prince of Clay' to down the world No.1.
Thiem brings Djokovic's 26 Grand Slam match winning streak to an end...
And the Austrian has done it! Thiem beats Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a mouth-watering men's singles final against Rafael Nadal. This is Thiem's second straight French Open final against Nadal. He lost to Nadal in the final last year and will be hoping for a revenge win this time around.
Dominic Thiem holds his serve to love to get the lead in the fifth set once again. That was a game of sheer class from the Austrian where he absolutely dismantled Djokovic with his power shots. Now Djokovic will once again serve to stay in the match while Thiem would go at him again to grab the match.
Jun 8, 2019 7:24 pm (IST)
Novak Djokovic holds his serve in dramatic fashion and the fifth set is now level at 5-5. Dominic Thiem now serves for a lead in the decider once again. Thiem's backhand shot was called in even though Djokovic was sure it was out. The chair umpire came down to check and called it out and Djokovic was seen shouting after that decision.
Jun 8, 2019 7:20 pm (IST)
Novak Djokovic Breaks Back Dominic Thiem | Thiem fails to serve out the match. He had a double set point here and his own errors have cost him this game. The proceedings in the fifth set is stand at 5-4 with Thiem leading. Djokovic is seving once more to stay in the match while Thiem will want to break him right here and seal the match.
Jun 8, 2019 7:14 pm (IST)
Dominic Thiem Breaks Novak Djokovic Again | Thiem immediately breaks Djokovic again to get the advantage over the world No.1 once more. He is now serving for the match and the final against Rafael Nadal is right in the corner for him.
Set 5: Thiem leads Djokovic 5-3. The match is tied at 2-2.
Jun 8, 2019 7:09 pm (IST)
Novak Djokovic Breaks Back Dominic Thiem | Thiem's backhand goes long and in his second break point, Djokovic converts to get the break back and we are back on serve in the deciding set. Since the resumption, Djokovic has looked more solid and Thiem is struggling with his rhythm. Is this the moment for the world No.1?
Set 5: Thiem leads Djokovic 4-3. The match is tied at 2-2.
Jun 8, 2019 7:04 pm (IST)
Novak Djokovic holds his serve after resumption of the match. There was a little controversy when Thiem was awarded a break point when the chair umpire checked and called the ball in. The hawk-eye showed it was out and that's exactly what Djokovic was saying. However, the Serb holds his temper to fend off the challenge.
Set 5: Thiem leads Djokovic 4-2. The match is tied at 2-2.
Jun 8, 2019 6:59 pm (IST)
Novak Djokovic resumes the semi-final vs Dominic Thiem.
Thiem is leading the match 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 4-1.
Jun 8, 2019 6:51 pm (IST)
In a couple of minutes, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will be out on court to continue their semi-final with Thiem leading the fifth set by a break. If Thiem wins this set, he sets up his second straigh Roland Garros final against Rafael Nadal.
Jun 8, 2019 6:44 pm (IST)
The court is being prepared for Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem to resume. So far, Thiem has hit 47 winners compared to Djokovic's 32. Also Thiem has won a total of 144 points to Djokovic's 136. This has been an error-prone performance from the world No.1 and Thiem should have wrapped up the match earlier if not for 52 unforced errors.
Jun 8, 2019 6:34 pm (IST)
The news from Paris is that the covers are coming off. The Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem semi-final should 'resume' for the third time in a few minutes from now. Thiem leads Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 and is eyeing his second straight French Open final against Rafael Nadal.
Jun 8, 2019 6:31 pm (IST)
There is a general outrage on social media over how quickly Novak Djokovic has been storming off the court with just a hint of rain pouring down. Even yesterday, it was said that Djokovic left the arena early on even before the play was suspended but the French Open officials cleared the air that he had left only after both players were informed of the decision together.
.... and Djokovic walks off again. Play suspended until they construct a roof at #RG19
Ashleigh Barty (left) faces Marketa Vondrousova in the final of the French Open (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Thiem will now face Nadal in the final of the French Open for the second straight time. After missing out on the title last time, the No.4 seed will want to spoil the Spaniard's party this time around and go for his first Grand Slam title. Next, Ash Barty and Vondrousova, both first time finalists at French Open, take the centre stage as Roland Garros waits for a new women's champion.
The women's final is set to be a cracking contest after Czech Republic's Vondrousova showed immense quality against Johanna Konta on Friday. Even though Ash Barty goes into the final as the favourite, it is expected to be a very tight contest.
The semi-final between Thiem and Djokovic saw three rain breaks - two on Friday and one on Saturday as towards the end, it had gone 24 hours since the two took the court for the semi-final first.
It was a gruelling contest - one that required immense grit, determination and mental strength. Dominic Thiem showed exceptional variety and hit Djokovic with the strategy of bringing in a lot of backhand slices in play. With Thiem throwing volleys and net drops every now and then, Djokovic struggled to keep pace with the Austrian.
Even though the rain breaks saw Djokovic come back into the match with renewed vigour, it soon fizzled out with Thiem's bludgeoning winners. If not for a huge number of unforced errors, Thiem would have won the match earlier.
With the win, Thiem has now registered three wins in nine matches against Djokovic and this is the second time when the Austrian has defeated the Serb in Paris. Last year, Thiem had defeated Djokovic in the Roland Garros quarter-final and the world No.1 was looking for a revenge but Thiem proved to be too good and owned the nickname he has been given, the 'Prince of Clay'.