Sunday, 09 January 2022 10:03

Ashleigh Barty wins women’s singles title at Adelaide International 2022.

Staff Reporter.

World number one Ashleigh Barty continued her impressive form before the Australian Open with a straight-set win against Elena Rybakina in the Adelaide International final.

Playing her first tournament since September's US Open, the Australian won the final 6-3 6-2.

Barty will now play at the Sydney Tennis Classic before the Grand Slam begins on 17 January.

Britain's Emma Raducanu will compete at the same tournament.

After Iga Swiatek withdrew because of a rib injury, US Open champion Raducanu, ranked 19th in the world, will face world number 14 Rybakina in the first round.

Barty ended her 2021 season early because of coronavirus quarantine rules but looked sharp in her first final of 2022.

After coming from 15-40 down to hold serve at 3-3, the 25-year-old won seven games in a row and wrapped up victory in 64 minutes.

Both women will now head to the Sydney Classic, the final warm-up before the Australian Open, where they are drawn to meet in the quarter-finals.

But before then, Barty will play in the doubles final alongside fellow Australian Storm Sanders, where they will take on Darija Jurak Schreiber and Andreja Klepac.