Ashleigh Barty reaches her maiden quarter-final at the Wimbledon 2021 after defeating Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 6-3 to reach her 3rd Grand Slam quarter-final.
Barty who was up against the French Open 2021 champion Barbora, had a close 1st set which could’ve gone either way but Barty eventually found a way to clinch it. 2nd set was a rather easy affair for the Australian who made easy work of Barbora to wrap up the match in 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Barty talks about her preparations for Wimbledon 2021 after retiring in her last 2 tournaments
Barty had to retire mid-match from 2021 Italian Open and later at the 2021 French Open. While many doubted whether the Australian could be ready before the Wimbledon, Barty did not play any Grass tournament and played directly at Wimbledon after her French Open withdrawal.
“There was certainly no lack of preparation. It was a different preparation without a doubt, but it was unique. I did everything in my power to make sure I was well prepared to come into the tournament. I feel like we tried to do all the right things, trying to do each and everything we can each and every day to be as ready as possible for the next round.
“It’s no different to how we prepare for each and every tournament, so certainly happy with the way things are going. I feel good, I have an incredible team, a great physio, a great trainer, a great coach and we are all very much the same when it comes to how we want to plan and how we want to prepare and also a little bit of luck.
“You need things to go your way and the way they have gone for me in between Paris and playing here at Wimbledon was as best as we could hope for. But I feel great, I feel like we each and every day we try to do recoveries and try to prepare in our best way to give myself the best chance to walk out on the court and I’m 100%,” said Barty about her preparations
Ashleigh Barty chooses her next round opponent
Barty will be playing the winner of Australian Ajla Tomljanovic and surprise Wildcard entrant Emma Raducanu, the 18-year old British who remains the only British in the Singles event. While Emma will be the local favourite, Barty chose to support fellow Australian.
“You guys need to tell me that. I don’t think so, we have practised together plenty of times, we’ve played in Doubles once or twice maybe. But, it’s incredible for Aussie tennis, I am obviously pumped to see Ajla through to the 2nd week here,” said Barty answering whether she and Ajla have met before on the Tour.
“For her, it’s the first time in Wimbledon I think, she’s been knocking on the door for a long time. She’s a great girl, she’s been playing some great tennis. I will always root for her to get through,” added Barty about her favourite for the Emma and Ajla clash.