Ashleigh Barty defeats Garbine Muguruza to win Yarra Valley Classic

Ashleigh Barty defeats Garbine Muguruza to win Yarra Valley Classic

Ashleigh Barty has completed the perfect preparation for her Australian Open campaign, fighting past the in-form Garbine Muguruza to say the Yarra Valley Basic in straight units.

Muguruza had dropped simply 10 games across 4 straight-set victories main into the ultimate however didn’t go the space with Barty, who gained 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

The Spaniard struggled to take care of the world No. 1’s deadly backhand slice all through the match and her errors proved pricey in a see-sawing first set.

Muguruza landed the primary real blow on Sunday, breaking the Australian’s serve then holding to grab an early 3-1 benefit.

Barty broke again to even the ledger at 3-3, marking the first time Muguruza had conceded three games in a set across the match.

The 2020 Australian Open finalist broke Barty a second time and served for the set at 5-4 – solely to be immediately broken again.

Barty would make Muguruza pay for her wastefulness, delivering a commanding tiebreak efficiency to snare the opening set.

Two ferocious forehands set her 3-0 up within the tiebreak and Barty kicked on to carry 4 set factors, with a decisive forehand winner at 6-3 sealing the set.

The Australian broke Muguruza’s serve within the first game of the second set – after six deuces – and looked set to cruise from there, solely to be damaged again.

However holding a breakpoint at 4-4, Barty used her backhand slice to impact to throw Muguruza out of place before ripping a forehand winner to break the Spaniard for a second time.

Serving for the match at 5-4, the Australian reeled off 4 fast points with ruthless efficiency, rounding out the victory with a delightful lob.

Barty will play Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in her first-round match on the Open while Muguruza has a clash with Russian Margarita Gasparyan.

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