Halep claims Melbourne crown
  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Australia's Ash Barty won the Adelaide title on Sunday.
Photo Credit: Darren Carroll/USTA


Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won the Adelaide International 1 title on Sunday, downing Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-2 in the championship match.

It’s Barty’s third career title in her native Australia.

“We've obviously had a brilliant week, been able to work progressively through each match," Barty said after the match. "I got better and better. I felt like today there were really a few key moments early in the first set to gain momentum. I was really happy to be able to get a couple of early breaks in the second and run away with it.”

Barty blasted 17 winners en route to her 17th career singles title.

"I feel good leading up to an Australian Open like I have every year," said Barty. "Each and every preparation is unique, each and every preparation is different. So we take it for what comes and what it is, move on, try and do the best that we can in every opportunity, whether that's here in Adelaide or it's in Melbourne.”

In Melbourne, Simona Halep made a winning start to her 2022 season by capturing her 23rd career WTA singles title, defeating Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set 1 finals.

“The body is great, I feel good,” Halep said after she won. “I had a tough five matches, and my body is good. I don’t feel that tired. Physically I’m in the right place. Confidence is growing. I feel confident. I feel that I have the game to win matches.”