Ash Barty’s heartbreaking parents almost didn’t make it
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Ash Barty’s heartbreaking parents almost didn’t make it

Ashleigh Barty’s improbable attack on the French Open final apparently surprised even two of her biggest fans.

Barty’s parents will have to settle for watching the biggest match of their daughter’s life in the UK as they were unable to make it to Paris in time.

Planning to support the 23-year-old during the grass-court season, Josie and Robert Barty booked a flight to the UK last month and were scheduled to arrive just hours before Saturday’s title match at Roland Garros.

Barty became Wimbledon junior champion in 2011 at the age of just 15 and most, including her devoted mum and dad, expected the All England Club to be the likeliest venue for a Grand Slam breakthrough for the fast-rising 23-year-old.

The world No. 8, who is certain to move up to No. 3 or No. 2 in the rankings on Monday if she defeats unseeded Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the final, reached her maiden WTA Tour final on the grass in Birmingham two years ago. .

Ashleigh Barty with dad Robert and mom Josie at the 2017 Newcombe Medal. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)Ashleigh Barty with dad Robert and mom Josie at the 2017 Newcombe Medal. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Barty with dad Robert and mom Josie at the 2017 Newcombe Medal. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Barty then defeated world No. 1 Naomi Osaka en route to the title in Nottingham last year, and a breakthrough third-round performance at Wimbledon – just two years after her return to tennis – confirmed her grass-court skills.

While Barty’s family will have to wait until she is reunited with her first Australian Grand Slam finalist in almost eight years, the Queenslander will have no shortage of support as she bids to have her name engraved on the famous Suzanne-Lenglen Coupe.

Barty’s agent, Nikki Craig, frantically ran from Australia to France to appear in court on Saturday evening.

Also on the bench for the Queenslander will be long-time coach Craig Tyzzer, Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik and performance coach Ben Crowe, a former sports psychologist for Barty’s beloved Richmond AFL team.

If she wins, the champion’s check for 2.3 million euros ($3.72 million) should be enough to keep her overjoyed parents from having to put the champagne on ice.

Even the runner-up’s payout of €1.180 million ($1.91 million) should be reward enough for Barty’s celebration of Australia’s best Grand Slam performance since 2010.

Ashleigh Barty celebrates her victory over Amanda Anisimova.  (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)Ashleigh Barty celebrates her victory over Amanda Anisimova.  (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Ashleigh Barty celebrates her victory over Amanda Anisimova. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

One victory and Grand Slam glory

After snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the semi-finals, Barty insists she is prepared to win her maiden Grand Slam.

If Barty defeats the 19-year-old left-hander, she will become Australia’s fourth French Open women’s singles champion, joining five-time winner Margaret Court, Lesley Bowrey and Evonne Goolagong on the Roland Garros honors board.

It has been almost three years since Barty returned to tennis after an 18-month sabbatical during which she played WBBL cricket for Brisbane Heat.

She reached the final matches after an astonishing rise from No. 623 in the world upon her return in 2016 to be crowned the new Queen of Clay.

“It’s amazing. It has been an amazing journey over the last three years,” she said.

“I’m very proud of myself that we were able to go out there today and deal with it.

“All things considered, we’re in an amazing place right now.”

Barty he suffered a breakdown in the first set against Anisimowa she blew a 5-0 lead and two sets before losing in overtime.

Then she found herself trailing 3-0 in the second set and looking ahead to a crushing defeat against a player who wouldn’t turn 18 until August.

However, the Ipswich native showed great fortitude and determination, and after breaking down in the second and third sets, she prepared the most important match of her career.

“I’ve probably never done this to myself before… I’ve never been in a situation like this,” she said.

“But I was really happy that I was able to respond after a set and three loves (by losing) and really turn the match upside down.

“I’m very proud of myself that we were able to go out there today and deal with it.

“All things considered, we’re in an amazing place right now.”

After Wednesday’s schedule in Paris was changed, Barty will play his third match in as many days in the final.