World No.1 Ash Barty continued her amazing run going as she beat Swiss Jil Teichmann in the final at Cincinnati in straight sets 6-3,6-1 to win the 5th title of the season. Barty, who won Wimbledon last month is currently on a 12-match winning streak and won the Cincinnati title without dropping a set all week.
Barty was as dominant as ever in the final. She had answers for each of Teichmann’s groundstrokes and dominated most of the rallies from the baseline. She was taking her chances and going for winners left, right and centre. She got the decisive break midway in the first set and won the set 6-3. The second set had Barty painted all over as she got the early breaks and stormed away with set 6-1.
Barty shared her success mantra after her win against Teichmann. “Today against Jil, I feel like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a bit of a run on, which was going to be important in a big final,” she said.
Ash Barty ready for the US Open
Ash Barty is currently on a winning streak and will go in as one of the top contenders at the US Open. She will be brimming with confidence after consecutive title wins at Wimbledon and Cincinnati. She spoke about competing at Flushing Meadows in a week’s time: “I think we’re just excited that we’ve got matches under our belt in tough conditions here in Cincy, and that’s put us in really good stead going into New York.”
She also spoke about her preparations going into a tournament as big as the US Open. “Our practice weeks before Grand Slams are quite normal,” Barty said.
“There is nothing fancy, no extra emphasis on anything. It’s just gauged by how I’m feeling physically, how I’m feeling mentally, and we have had a lot of practice now as a team in being able to read each other and what we think is required, and then it’s about going out there for the first round, whether it’s the Monday or Tuesday, and try to do the best that I can. That’s all I can ask of myself.”