Barty bounces back to beat Sabalenka to claim Stuttgart title

Stuttgart: Top-ranked Ash Barty beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Porsche Grand Prix, her first title on clay since the 2019 French Open.

After dropping the first set, the Australian clicked into gear in the second set, which she won in just 20 minutes, with Sabalenka taking a medical timeout ahead of the third.

Ashleigh Barty en route to victory over Aryna Sabalenka in the Porsche Grand Prix final in Stuttgart on Sunday.Credit:AP

Belarusian Sabalenka emerged with a bandage around her right thigh and couldn’t prevent Barty from going on to claim her 11th career title.

It was the third straight come-from-behind win for Barty, who celebrated her 25th birthday by playing three sets against Elina Svitolina in Saturday’s semi-finals. Barty also won in three sets against Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals.

Barty returned to the court afterwards to team up with Jennifer Brady to defeat Desirae Krawczyk and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 in the doubles final.

She became the first player to win both the singles and doubles at Stuttgart since Lindsay Davenport 20 years ago.

Job done: Ashleigh Barty with the Porsche Grand Prix trophy. Credit:AP

Barty saved eight of the 10 break points she faced against Sabalenka, converting five of the 12 opportunities she created to win in 1 hour, 47 minutes.

The 22-year-old Sabalenka, who defeated Simona Halep to reach the final, had been going for her first career title.

The Stuttgart event is a warmup for the French Open, which gets under way in Paris on May 24.


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