Australia’s world no. 1 Ash Barty went into her match as the underdog against Spain’s world no. 15 and Australian Open finalist in 2020 Garbine Muguruza.
Barty then showed why she is the world no. 1 as she marched towards victory and took the match 7-6(3), 6-4.
Barty was inconsistent in the earlier rounds of this unique tournament. It was one of three WTA tournaments held at the site of the Australian Open.
Muguruza on the other hand was dominating her opponents in all of her matches this week.
Barty served 11 aces on the way to the title. Barty also won an impressive 77.5% of first serve points compared with Muguruza’s 53.3%.
There were a lot of breaks throughout the match with Muguruza converting three from three and Barty converting four of 11.
Both players broke each other twice in the first set and they found themselves in a tiebreaker.
It was Barty that showed her class and she took the opening set 7-3 in the breaker.
In the second set Barty jumped ahead for a lead at 4-3 only to have Muguruza break back. Barty was able to break again and then serve out the match.
Barty gave Muguruza no chance in the final game as she opened with back to back aces and then another great serve that Muguruza only just got her racquet to.
The final point was classic Barty. She lobbed the stranded Spaniard for the winner and the title, her first since Adelaide just over a year ago.
Barty claims 470 ranking points and a cheque for $50,000.