Aussies hope Ashleigh Barty defeated Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to take out the Yarra Valley Classic and complete the ideal preparation for the Australian Open.
World number one Barty won her second WTA on home soil with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the Australian Open runner-up last year.
Speaking after claiming her first title in 2021, Ashleigh Barty said:
“Thanks for making this week possible,” Barty said to the organisers. “From a player standpoint, we’re incredibly grateful.”
Of the crowd, she said: “For us, this is what makes the magic happen.”
“I’m so grateful you can be here making it extra special for us,” she added. “Seeya next week.”
Barty, 24, will enter her first round match at the Australian Open against Danka Kovinic on Tuesday full of confidence as one of the clear favourites to break through for her first win.
Also, Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara picked up the Yarra Valley Classic doubles title on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.