World No.1 Ash Barty continued her amazing run at the 2021 US Open by beating teen sensation Clara Tauson in the second round. She defeated the Danish player in straight sets 6-1,7-5 and advanced into the third round.
Barty has been the most successful player this season and rightly so, displayed her class on Arthur Ashe stadium against Tauson once again. She is coming off title victories at Wimbledon and Cincinnati and is also one of the overwhelming favorite to win the US Open this fortnight.
She started on a positive note on a sunny New York morning against Tauson and took charge from the baseline. She served well and opened up the court nicely for clean winners. She was aided by a nervous Tauson and Barty showed no mercy towards her and broke her upfront. She didn’t break much sweat and won the set comfortably 6-1.
The second set was a lot more tightly fought than the first. The young Dane calmed herself down and started to match Barty from the baseline. She even outclassed the world no.1 but got broken midway after a poor service game. Barty was serving for the set at 5-4 up but Tauson managed to break her and draw level at 5-5. But to her dismay, she got broken herself in the very next game and Barty then closed out the set 7-5.
‘I try to keep my cards close to myself’: Ash Barty
The New York City witnessed heavy rains yesterday due to which many matches on the outer courts were rescheduled and all matches on Ashe were player under the roof. The weather however cleared up today and the players were back playing under the sun. In the on court interview, Barty expressed how amazing it is to be back on Ashe under the sun.
“It was amazing to be back out here. The crowd was amazing. Thankfully we had a roof to get through the matches yesterday but definitely happy to be back out here,” she said.
The Aussie is one of the most calm person on the tour and spoke about the same. “I try to keep my cards close to myself,” she said.
“For me, I’ve always tried to be a calm person and that’s an important part of my game but sometimes it’s also nice to let the aggression and the passion out as well.”
She is also leading the ace count for this season. “I used to practice my serve a lot when I was younger. I knew I was going to stop growing[height] at some age but I just wanted to be really accurate and learn how to use my serve effectively, that’s all I could do. I try to hit my spots in the box but we do spend a lot of time practicing.”
At the end, when asked to describe her 2021 season so far in Aussie style, she described her season as, “Bloody good!”