"No certainties in tennis, just about playing as best you can" says Barty after another triumph
Ashleigh Barty won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in convincing fashion but the Australian kept things in perspective after the victory.
An amazing week for Barty concluded with a well-deserved win in the Western & Southern Open final against Jil Teichmann. It was a dominant performance from start to finish with the win never being in question. Speaking on the match Barty said:
"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."
Barty did not arrive in Cincinnati hoping to win the title but rather prepare and finetune her games ahead of the US Open. She said for her it's just about playing her best:
"There are no certainties in sport, no certainties in tennis. It's just about playing each and every day as best you can as they come, and not focusing or concerning yourself or your self-worth with results."
Barty also touched on when things turned for her as she noted feeling uncomfortable early upon arrival in Cincinnati. She said:
"I felt the match against Heather (Watson) was exactly what I needed in the sense of having to fight and scrap, win some big points. Sometimes it's not always about how you play the entire match. It's how you play those key points."
Barty will now look ahead to the US Open saying:
"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."
Despite taking a week off ahead of the event she explained her process ahead of a major saying:
"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."