Ashleigh Barty 2021

‘I’m really proud of the week,’ Barty positive despite final loss

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Ashleigh Barty is feeling good about her Madrid Open performance even with her loss in the championship match.

Ashleigh Barty is optimistic following the Madrid Open as she looks ahead to Rome and Roland Garros.

Barty was feeling tired following the final against Sabalenka, but had this to say on the matter:

“It’s a good problem to have,” Barty told reporters in Madrid.

“I think any time you can play a lot of matches and a lot of tennis, it means you’re putting yourself out there over and over again. Of course there was a little bit of fatigue.”

Barty has played 29 matches so far in 2021, holding a 25-4 win-loss record thus far, winning three titles out of four finals.

Her meeting with Sabalenka was the pair’s second in as many weeks, with Barty getting the better of the Belarusian in the Stuttgart Open final. The two women now hold a 4-4 record against one another.



“I’m really proud of the week, kind of the month we’ve had since we’ve been away. It’s been a great start. We look to bigger and better things,” Barty continued.

“I’m always proud at the end of every tournament. I think whenever you have an opportunity to leave the tournament with a smile, that’s always a good thing.

“I feel like we have another opportunity in Rome to try do the best we can there. Then we just reset and focus for Roland Garros.”

Ashleigh Barty faces the winner of Martina Trevisan versus Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round of the Italian Open, as she receives a first round bye.

Ashleigh Barty 2021
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