Qualifier Ashleigh Barty's party rolled on as she beat Nao Hibino to win the ALYA Malaysian Open - her first singles title.
WTA Staff
February 23, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Qualifier Ashleigh Barty's party rolled on as she beat Nao Hibino, 6-3, 6-2, to win the ALYA Malaysian Open - her first singles title.

"Nao and I have played a lot of times, and I always love playing her, we have a good time," said the Australian in her on-court interview.

That familiarity told as Barty put pressure on her opponent's serve from the off, demonstrating the confidence built from dropping only a single set over the course of the week.

After an hour and 13 minutes, the 20-year-old had the chance to serve it out - and did so to love.

"I'm over the moon, I don't really know what to say, I'm a bit speechless," she added afterwards.

Barty now pairs up with best friend Casey Dellacqua for the doubles final against Nicole Melichar and Makoto Ninomiya.

"It's been a massive week, a big week with a lot of matches," she said. "Now I have to try and recover as best as I can, and play some doubles soon."