Barty wins first Pro Tour title
Ashleigh Barty has claimed her first tournament title at ITF senior level with a win at the Pro Tour event in Sydney.
Ashleigh Barty (Springfield, Qld) won her first Pro Tour title yesterday, defeating second seed and fellow Australian Olivia Rogowska (St Kilda, Vic) at the Nature’s Way Sydney International.
The 15-year-old Wimbledon Junior champion displayed flawless tennis to win the match 6-1 6-3, her second win over Rogowska after beating her at the Australian Open Play-off final in December.
Having entered the tournament as a qualifier Barty won eight straight matches to take her first professional championship, giving her confidence as she makes the transition onto the professional circuit.
No.2 seeds Arina Rodionova (RUS) and Melanie South (GBR) won their second ITF doubles title this month, defeating Chinese pair Ying-Ying Duan and Xinyun Han in a tight match 3-6 6-3 [10-8].
Top seed Erik Chvojka from Canada won the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International with a win over No.2 seed Ze Zhang from China 6-2 1-6 7-6(4).
Chvojka defeated Australia’s Mark Verryth (Docklands, Vic) in the semi finals while Zhang toppled world No.1 junior Luke Saville (Barmera, SA) in the quarters before downing Japan’s Hiroki Moriya to reach the last round.
In the doubles, Brydan Klein (Warnbro, WA) and Dane Propoggia (Eastlakes, NSW) won their sixth doubles title together, defeating Luke Saville and Andrew Whittington (Williamstown, Vic) 7-6(4) 6-2.
The Australian Pro Tour will now move to Victoria for the Mildura Grand International.
For more information on the tournament, the Australian Pro Tour, Tennis Australia or the players, visit www.tennis.com.au. For more information on the ITF Pro circuit visit www.itftennis.com.