Ash Barty has gone one better than her thrilling 2019 season in claiming her fifth title for 2021 and 13th WTA title at the Cincinnati Masters, defeating Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-1 in the final. Meanwhile, Sam Stosur claimed her first Women’s Doubles title since 2019 with Zhang Shuai.
The world number one has been dominant all season long winning her first title in February at the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.
Since then she has won a title on all three surfaces and has a stunning record against the top 20 winning 14 from 15 matches.
Barty’s time in Cincinnati was a demolition not dropping a set for the entire tournament and defeating French Open Champion Barbora Krejčíková and Angelique Kerber on her way to the final.
It’s a much-needed victory for the Australian ahead of the US Open, washing away any doubts regarding Barty’s form on the hardcourt following a first-round exit at the Olympics.
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Barty wasn’t the only Australian that found success in Cincinnati, in the Women’s Doubles Sam Stosur, teamed up with China’s Zhang Shuai to win her first doubles title since the pair won the Australian Open in 2019.
They took on Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani in the final earning their first straight-sets victory to clinch the title.
This was the third title for the pair who last teamed up in February once again at the Australian Open but failed to make it past the first round.
Stosur and Zhang are expected to team up again for the US Open this year, with Stosur looking to win her first title at Flushing Meadows since 2011 and her first Women’s Doubles title there since 2005.
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