ADELAIDE, Australia
Ashleigh Barty won her first career title at home on Saturday with a 6-2, 7-5
defeat of Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska at the ATP-WTA Adelaide International.

The world number one is assured of holding the top ranking
as the Australian Open begins on Monday in Melbourne.

Barty claimed victory after 87 minutes at Memorial Drive as
Yastremska sent a return long over the baseline. She was presented the carved
wood trophy by an Aboriginal elder who blessed it before it was handed over.

“It’s nice to get the ball rolling this week, I can’t
wait to get starred in Melbourne next week,” the top seed said.

The last Australian woman to win a home title was Jarmila
Wolfe in 2011 at Hobart.

Barty called her victory “a great start to the
year”.

“I feel like we had a great tussle out there, I was
finally able to bring it across the line. I’ve enjoyed the time here, I really
tried to bring my best this week,” she said.

“I love playing at home in Australia. This is the
payoff for the preseason work we did. It’s about coming out here and enjoying
the competition.”

The men’s final features Russian third seed Andrey Rublev —
title winner last weekend in Doha — facing South African qualifier Lloyd
Harris.

Barty won the opening set against her 19-year-old opponent,
losing just two points on serve and breaking three times.

After starting the second set with a break, the Australian
momentarily lost her edge, dropping serve for two all.

Barty kept up the pressure on 24th-ranked Yastremska,
earning three break points in the 11th game.

One was enough as Yastremska put a backhand wide. A game
later, Barty earned three match points and took the title from a concluding
error from her opponent.

Barty’s victory was her second in the series after beating
the teenager on the way to the Miami title last March.

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