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Queensland’s Western Corridor is still celebrating this afternoon, three days after their golden-child Ash Barty won her first grand slam at 23 years’ old.
Born in raised in the ‘Swich, Barty has today given the locals a household name to trot out whenever they brag about home.
Barty arrived at the French Open as the 8th seed, before defeating Jessica Pegula in the first round, which was followed by several straight-set wins right up the the quarter final.
From there, she beat Madison Keys in straight sets to make her first Grand Slam semi-final. Amanda Anisimova was next, going down in two sets to make room for Barty’s spot in the final.
Barty then defeated Marketa Vondroušová in straight sets to win her maiden Grand Slam singles championship, saving the reputation of Ipswich – and solidifying the role of Aboriginal women in delivering tennis victories to our nation.
Ipswich locals say they are so stoked to finally have someone make headlines outside of their town without being involved in blatant political corruption or hate speech.
“It’s so good” said one retired coal miner Johnny Goodna (59)
“The whole Alfie Langer thing was starting to wear thin… And Brisbane claims the Walters brothers nowadays”
Another resident, Amber Leigh (33) says hopefully Ash Barty can bring home a bit of silverware in Wimbledon and people stop associating her town with fundamentalist Christian Wallabies and Pauline Hanson.
“Come on Ash! Let’s put Ippy back on the map!” said Ash.
“Go you good thing!”