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Ash Barty’s partner posts heartfelt message as Wimbledon expectations soar

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Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic celebrates winning her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain's Johanna Konta in two sets 7-5 7-6, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris Friday

Yet the former tennis star is actually Australian - if the French Open trophy is to be believed. "She is a joy to watch".

Rafael Nadal for an incredible 12th time and Ash Barty with her first Grand Slam title are the Roland Garros champions for 2019.

Court, a Christian minister whose record 24 Grand Slam singles titles spanned the end of the amateur and start of the professional era, said she was particularly delighted at Barty's demeanour.

"It's unbelievable, I'm speechless, " she expanded later, "I played the ideal match today".

The decline in the Australian men's game from the dominant days of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s came more slowly than in the women's but has been no less marked with no Grand Slam champions since Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon in 2002. After congratulating her younger opponent - incidentally the final was the youngest major final since Roland Garros 2008 (Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina) - Barty sunk to the court, leaning on her racket to savour the moment.

Barty, for her part, responded simply with "Sister". It's awesome she's created this path for indigenous tennis in Australia and not - you know, I think now it's becoming more nationwide.

"It's awesome what she's done for Indigenous tennis. hopefully we can continue to create those opportunities for kids to know this (can be) a career".

"The pathways and the progress we've made for indigenous youth around the nation has been incredible", Barty, an Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia, said.

"I played the ideal match today", Barty, 23, said after the win.

"There's more opportunities for kids to play tennis, both male and female, and I hope we can continue to create those opportunities and let kids know that this is an option for a career".

Her tennis return, after being lured back by a hit-around in Sydney with Dellacqua, came with a doubles title alongside WA's Jessica Moore in the 2016 Perth Tennis International.

"So happy and proud of you", the world number 96 posted on Instagram next to a picture of Barty nursing the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup.

"No crap or drama, she just got on with the job and was so down to earth". "So I think the time away was the best thing for her", Tyzzer said. She kicks an Australian Rules football in her warm-ups and as Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik put it yesterday, presents simply as a "girl next door".

Neither Barty, 23, nor Vondrousova had ever played in a Grand Slam final before.

"She has a lot of wow factor in every single match", Molik said. That life would prove too much for self-professed homebody, who would rather couch at home with her dogs than take a stroll along the Seine.

"She can do anything and what a way to play tennis when you can pull anything out of your back pocket when it's required. I am so proud of myself and my whole team.it has been a insane two weeks", said Barty after going one better than Fed Cup teammate Samantha Stosur, who lost to the 2010 final in Paris to Francesca Schiavone.

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