FILE PHOTO: Aug 22, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Jil Teichmann (SUI) on the trophy presentation after dropping her match towards Ashleigh Barty (AUS not pictured) in the course of the Western and Southern Open last on the Lindner Household Tennis Heart. Necessary Credit score: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports activities
August 27, 2021
By Amy Tennery
NEW YORK (Reuters) – World primary Ash Barty mentioned she doesn’t count on any “methods” or “gremlins” on the U.S. Open’s famed blue courts, after choosing up 5 titles this 12 months in a marathon, globe-trotting effort.
The 25-year-old Australian mentioned on Friday that she didn’t even watch the U.S. Open in 2020, preferring as a substitute to get pleasure from her time at residence after skipping the most important resulting from COVID-19 considerations throughout an 11-month absence from competitors.
Now she is a favourite to win in Flushing Meadows regardless of by no means making it previous the fourth spherical on the U.S. Open since making her primary draw debut in 2013.
“There aren’t any methods or any gremlins in these courts,” she advised reporters. “We put together in addition to we are able to for our first spherical tactically towards the opponent we’re going to play and we attempt to go on the market and execute.”
Barty has largely made it look straightforward: Choosing up her lengthy dreamed of Wimbledon title final month and clinching the Western & Southern Open most just lately, to spice up her confidence.
Her largest stumble got here on the Tokyo Olympics, the place she suffered a shock exit within the first spherical towards Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, the place she succumbed to “erratic” and error-riddled play.
“What she’s doing, it’s unbelievable,” mentioned world quantity two Aryna Sabalenka, who defeated her within the Madrid Open last in Could. “It’s a purpose for each participant to be on the highest for, like, so lengthy and be persistently there… that’s one thing unbelievable. I’m impressed (with) what she’s doing.”
Nonetheless outstanding her latest run, Barty insists her technique hinges on a fairly mundane strategy: “Protecting it easy.”
“It’s having fun with my tennis, going on the market and taking part in with freedom. It’s being actually clear with tactically how I need to play. Then it simply comes all the way down to execution.”
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Enhancing by Chris Reese)