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Ashleigh Barty ends 'monster week' with two Malaysian Open titles

Ashleigh Barty ends 'monster week' with two Malaysian Open titles
By PA Sport

06/03/2017 at 05:06Updated 06/03/2017 at 06:00

Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty secured her first singles title by beating Nao Hibino in straight sets to win the ALYA Malaysian Open.

Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty secured her first singles title by beating Nao Hibino in straight sets to win the ALYA Malaysian Open.

Barty, 20, completed a memorable week in Kuala Lumpur with a 6-3 6-2 win over Japan's Hibino in one hour and 13 minutes.

World number 158 Barty then teamed up with Casey Dellacqua to add the doubles title to her singles crown.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates beating Japan's Nao Hibino in their women's singles finals match of the WTA Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates beating Japan's Nao Hibino in their women's singles finals match of the WTA Malaysian Open tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017.AFP

The Australian pair hit back from 5-1 down in a first-set tie-break to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 against Nicole Melichar and Makoto Ninomiya.

"I feel great - very tired but great," Barty told WTA.com. "It's been a monster week for me.

"I don't think I could have physically have played any more matches.

"I'm very happy to come away with two titles, but even if we didn't it would have been a fantastic tournament anyway. Now it's just an absolute bonus."

Barty played her eighth singles match against Hibino after progressing through qualifying and she dropped only one set in the tournament.

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