Ashleigh Barty ignores the swing for the grinder sports news mentality, Firstpost


Barty, 25, added Wimbledon to the 2019 French Open in her slam trophy case but refuses to accept momentum as a reward.

Ashleigh Barty defeated Clara Tauson in the second round of the US Open. AP

New York: Australian Ashleigh Barty says she’s not taking a swing into the US Open because she won Wimbledon or that she’ll be in the later rounds just because she’s number one in the world.

The grinder’s mentality could help her finally get past fourth round at the US Open for the first time as she seeks a third career Grand Slam title and sixth trophy of the year.

“A big part of our year is accepting that you don’t win every single game and that you are certainly not eligible to reach a grand final,” said Barty on Thursday. “You have to earn that.”

Barty won 6: 1, 7: 6 (9/7) against Russian Vera Zvonareva in the first round and defeated 18-year-old Danish Clara Tauson 6: 1, 7: 5 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

“I think it was good to run away in those first two games,” said Barty. “The tennis wasn’t as clean as it was a few weeks ago, but we accept that.

“We’ll keep working and go back to the practice area and now, in the third round, we will give ourselves another opportunity to correct that.”

Barty, who leads the WTA in Assen this year, won two weeks ago in Cincinnati without losing a set to become the clear favorite in New York. She also won in Miami, Melbourne and Stuttgart as well as Wimbledon.

“Every lap is a test,” said Barty. “I don’t come to this tournament with the expectation that I feel entitled to go deep or win the tournament or whatever.

“I just have to play every game like any other tournament and be ready to play my best tennis. That’s all I can ask of myself. Preliminary round or final, my preparation and everything does not change.” . “

Barty, 25, added Wimbledon to the 2019 French Open in her slam trophy case but refuses to accept momentum as a reward.

“Wimbledon was a long time ago,” she said. “There is momentum in a way, that was one of my biggest goals to win this tournament.

“I think it’s very unique to play and understand how to win Grand Slams. Two weeks is a long time to focus, be a little lucky, stay healthy. I learned the hard way that sometimes things don’t always go well. ” Path.

“It’s a different surface, a different tournament, completely different conditions. So it’s hard to take too much confidence or momentum out of it.”

Disruptions like a storm on Wednesday night that made it difficult to get to Ashe on Thursday is another X-Factor Barty has to deal with.

“Trying to understand what was happening here on site was incredible. I know there have been a lot of flash floods and a lot of people have been in trouble, ”she said.

“It took us a while to get in this morning, but we kind of allowed that to happen. We were prepared as well as possible and just did it.”