Australia's Storm Sanders, 27, joked Ashleigh Barty was sick of talking so she decided to say a few words after winning the Adelaide doubles crown with the world No. 1. Barty, who was seeded at No. 1 in the singles event, saw off Elena Rybakina 6-3 6-2 to win her second Adelaide title.
Barty returned to the court a few hours and captured the Adelaide doubles crown as well. In the doubles final, Sanders and Barty saw off Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac 6-1 6-4. Sanders and Barty played together for the third time and captured their first team title.
“I think Ash is sick of talking today so it’s my turn,” Sanders joked during the trophy presentation, as quoted on Tennis Australia. “It’s great to do this in front of so many fans. This is one of our favourite tournaments so it’s a great feeling”.
“Ash is an unbelievable player and an even better mate so thanks for the week as well”.
Barty looking forward to the Australian Open
Barty, a two-time Grand Slam champion, has yet to win an Australian Open title.
Barty, who has been one of the best players in the world for the past several years, has only one semiifinal at Melbourne Park. "I feel good leading up to an Australian Open like I have every year," Barty said.
"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.
"It has absolutely no effect on the way that I prepare or the way I'm thinking leading forward just because it's a Grand Slam. Doesn't change for us. We look forward, we do what we can, then we see how we go."