World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has answered all her critics with her performance this season. Many had questioned her No.1 ranking despite missing majority of the 2020 season. But the Australian is the player to beat this season, winning 3 tour titles including the Miami Open.
She also won the Porsche Grand Prix at Stuttgart last week, her first title on Clay since 2019. She is also the favorite to win the French Open this season given her recent form. Clay is Barty’s preferable surface. Having won the 2019 French Open previously, the Australian would want to double her grand slam tally in Paris.
Barty is also looking forward to Wimbledon and is excited to play in front of the crowd at the historic All England Club. Earlier this week, Wimbledon announced that they are planning to have a minimum of 25 percent fan capacity for this year’s Championships.
‘We do what we have to do’: Ash Barty
Barty said that the players will do what they have to so as to enjoy playing at Wimbledon. She also hopes that things will settle down in UK so that more people can come at the All England Club.
He said: “I think as players, but certainly from my point of view, we do the right thing, we do what we have to do to enjoy the fact we get to play at Wimbledon. Hopefully then people are able to enjoy it with us.”
“There may be some crowds. I haven’t heard of what the plan of kind of easing of restrictions are there, so I’m not sure what the plan is. We’re still a couple months way yet. Hopefully in the UK things can settle down, and some sort of normality outside would be brilliant for everyone.”
On tour, Barty defeated Shelby Rogers in straight sets in the first round of the Madrid Open. She will face Tamara Zidansek in the second round.