BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Evonne Goolagong Cawley says fellow indigenous athlete Ash Barty’s first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open was “a joy to watch.”
Goolagong Cawley won the French Open in 1971, the first of her seven Grand Slam singles tennis titles.
“What a wonderful result for Australia and how exciting that another Aboriginal has won at the French,” Goolagong Cawley said Sunday. “I’m almost scared to say it but it’s now 48 years ago I won my first Slam there, too.
“Tennis Australia and lovers of tennis here and around the world will be delighted by the natural skills and flair Ash possesses. Now they have developed into a beautiful game full of artistry, movement and power. It was there for all to marvel at in Paris. She is a joy to watch.”
Goolagong Cawley went on to win Wimbledon for her second major title four weeks later in 1971. Barty will go there with renewed confidence on a grass surface she considered her favorite — until winning on clay on Saturday.
Over the past few years, Goolagong Cawley has become a mentor and friend with Barty, exchanging frequent…