Ashleigh Barty put on a show for her home crowd, cruising past No. 7 seed Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the Adelaide International title on Sunday.
The win marks the World No. 1’s second South Australia championship in three years.
Barty relied on her serve in the straight-set victory, losing only 13 points on nine service games. The Australian now heads into January’s Australian Open on an impressive win-streak, having won 17 of her last 18 matches against opponents ranked in the top 20.
How's that to start a season? 😉@ashbarty is your 2022 Adelaide International champion! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ZARSmhgUkY— wta (@WTA) January 9, 2022
How's that to start a season? 😉@ashbarty is your 2022 Adelaide International champion! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ZARSmhgUkY
No. 2 seed Simona Halep won Australia’s other tune-up event, defeating No. 3 seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set 1 final on Sunday.
The former World No. 1 took advantage of Kudermetova’s 27 unforced errors to win her 23rd career WTA title after a 2021 season plagued by injuries.
The Australian Open begins on Jan. 17 at Melbourne Park.