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'Third Time Lucky': Ash Barty Wins First WTA Title On Home Soil

Ashleigh Barty says capturing her first WTA title on Australian soil is the perfect preparation for a home grand slam.

The world No. 1 won her first WTA title on home soil with an emphatic straight-sets victory in the Adelaide International final on Saturday.

This is incredible ... a great start to the year.

"I look forward to playing on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night, it's going to be exciting. It's going to be fresh tournament as well," she said.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after defeating Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in their women's final singles match at the Adelaide International tennis tournament. Image: Getty

The world No.1 has downed world No.24 Ukranian Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-5 in Saturday's final at Memorial Drive. Barty had lost her two previous WTA finals in Australia - at the Sydney International last year and 2018.

Third time lucky, I suppose, isn't it.

"Very excited to get this beautiful trophy, it's very close to my heart and to my heritage."

Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the winner's trophy. Image: Getty

"I definitely feel the love out here, I love playing in Australia, I love playing at home, it's been incredible for my team to enjoy this week."

I can't wait to get started in Melbourne on Monday.

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