ASHLEIGH BARTY Wimbledon 2021

Ashleigh Barty looking to find ‘rhythm and groove’ following Olympics disappointment


World number one Ashleigh Barty is gearing up for a strong finish to 2021 after a disappointing result at Tokyo Olympics.

The Aussie skipped last week’s US Open preparation event in Montreal, but will return to the court in Cincinnati, before heading to New York for the final Grand Slam of 2021.

“I’m looking forward to now changing back to hard courts and trying to find some rhythm and some groove,” she said.

“It feels like a long time since I’ve played on hard courts. Miami (March) was my last hard court tournament, and the conditions there are vastly different to here.

“It’s going to take some time to adjust, without a doubt. But we’ll just keep chipping away and try and get the best chance in each and every match.”

The reigning Wimbledon champion fell in the opening round of Tokyo Olympics singles, and admitted it will take her some time to adjust to playing conditions in America.

“This is a place where I’ve never quite felt 100 per cent comfortable,” the Australian said. “But we’ve got New York right around the corner.

“This period of the year is always an enjoyable one, I can’t wait to get started back into some matches again.”

ASHLEIGH BARTY Wimbledon 2021
Copy link