QUEENSLAND TENNIS powerhouse, Ash Barty, has claimed the biggest win of her career so far, beating Karolina Pliskova to win her maiden Miami Open title.
The victory will see the pocket-rocket soar to world No.9, becoming the first Australian woman since 2013 to break into the world’s top 10.
The 22-year-old from Ipswich with the never-say-die attitude fought back from 3-1 down in the first set to beat Pliskova in straight sets 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.
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Barty produced 15 aces during the match against the world No.7 to secure the win in one hour and 40 minutes, and pick up a $A1.8 million cheque.
The measured multi-talented athlete – who has also enjoyed success on the cricket field – pumped her fists when Pliskova sent a forehand long on match point.
Congratulations @ashbar96 – you did it! The @MiamiOpen title and into the top 10 where you belong. More titles await for this humble Aussie, exciting times!
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) March 30, 2019
Following the victory, Barty admitted she went into the match knowing how to out-play her opponent.
“I knew I had to have my running shoes on today and make as many balls as possible,” she said.
“You don’t get these opportunities often so I needed to do the right things and enjoy the moment,” she added.
“I feel a turning point for me was at Wimbledon last year and I’ve been playing some great tennis since then.”
"I knew that I had to have my running shoes on today!"
— wta (@WTA) March 30, 2019
When the official rankings are published on Monday, Barty will become the first Australian women since Samantha Stosur to crack the WTA’s top 10.
To put the achievement in context, @ashbar96's victory at the #MiamiOpen marks the biggest singles title won by an Australian player, male or female, since Sam Stosur won the US Open in 2011. #GoAussies
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) March 30, 2019