World No. 1 Ash Barty issues a stern message to his opponents ahead of the US Open.
Ash Barty, the world number one from Australia, won the Western and Southern Opens in Cincinnati to complete her US Open preparations.
Ash Barty won the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday, capping up her preparations for the 2017 US Open by defeating Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-1. In New York, the world number one will try to win her third Grand Slam title, despite her worrisome form.
Barty is aiming for his first hardcourt Grand Slam victory and is in good condition heading into the major at Flushing Meadows.
The Wimbledon champion stated, “It’s been an amazing week.”
“I felt like we were getting better and better in most aspects of my game with each match.
“Today against Jil, I felt like I was able to trust myself and play with confidence, getting after the ball, being aggressive, and getting a bit of a run-on, which was crucial in a major final.
“I think we’re just excited that we’ve played in challenging conditions here in Cincinnati, and it’s put us in a great position moving into New York.”
Barty won a bronze medal in doubles at the Tokyo Olympics after her bid for singles gold was derailed by a first-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo.
In 2021, she has a WTA-best five titles and will be hoping that her Olympic singles campaign was merely a blip on the radar.
Barty’s resurgence to form corresponds with her return to the United States, and she combines an aggressive approach with outstanding serving.
In the final in Cincinnati, the Australian hit eight aces and 28 winners on her way to victory.
The 25-year-old continued, “I felt that these circumstances were going to reward solid serving and terrific first-strike tennis.”
“Even though that isn’t always in my repertoire, I wanted to challenge myself this week to try and be more assertive on my serve.
“To my team, we’ve been on the road for about six months, but every single day has been a joy, so thank you for sticking with me.”
Teichmann, who is rated 76 in the world, arrives in New York in excellent form after her incredible run to the final.
Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic were all defeated by the Swiss sensation. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”