French Open glory impossible without two-year break — Barty

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Vondrousova had reached the final without dropping a set and had the best record on tour since the Australian Open, but she left it too late to get her game in order on this occasion.

"It's been the most fantastic journey that we've been on for the past three years and I feel like this is just the start for us".

So it was fitting, perhaps, that Barty not only fell behind by a break in the deciding set before coming back to take control, but also that she required a half-dozen match points to finally close things out.

Vondrousova defeated Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2) to reach her first Grand Slam final. She broke into the top 10 after winning the biggest title of her career in Miami in March, and she has dropped just two sets on her way to the French Open final. She became the first Australian in 46 years to hoist the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup, fulfilling two social media prophecies made this week by legendary countryman Rod Laver, who watched from the stands.

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Barty has impressed many with her cool demeanor in a sport where mental fragility is commonplace, though, and she needed every bit of that composure in her rollercoaster ride of a semi-final against Anisimova, which she won 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3.

In a post-match press conference, Ms Barty said she was proud of herself and the way she handled the match despite losing the first set.

Australians like nothing better than a battler and, win or lose, Barty's surprise bid for the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen is sure to knock even their beloved cricketers, now defending their World Cup title in England, off the back pages.

After ending Anisimova's breakthrough run, Barty now takes on another unseeded teen for the championship Saturday: 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

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"Tennis is a very unique sport, that it can happen very quickly and when a lot of girls and guys are at a very young age", she mused. "I feel like I've played some really good tennis, some consistent tennis", Ms Barty said.

"She was pretty exhausted after yesterday's semi-final both mentally and physically".

Barty wound up with a 27-10 edge in winners to become the first Australian to win the trophy at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973. Neither had even been in a major semifinal until this week, either.

Normally, all French Open singles semifinals are held in Court Philippe Chatrier, with the women on Thursday and men on Friday.

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Barty's victory caps off an incredible turnaround since returning to tennis in 2016 - with a ranking of 623 - after an 18-month break where she played cricket.

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