World No. 1 Ash Barty, of Australia, recalled her French Open triumph from 12 months ago, saying that she is grateful for the incredible season she had last year, during an interview with World Wide of Sports. 24 year old Ash Barty won her first Grand Slam singles title last year in Paris at the French Open.
With the tennis tour being shutdown due to the global pandemic, Barty has had time to reflect on her 2019 run. "I'm grateful. Having time to reflect on 2019 has been nice. It all felt like a whirlwind at the time, but I've been able to spend some time looking back and appreciating everything that we achieved last year.
There are definitely flashbacks. Roland Garros was a time of huge personal growth for me, the semi-final was probably the most important match I've played in terms of how much I learnt. Winning my first Slam title is something I'll never forget and I've got a lot of happy memories to look back on.
My team and I had a great time in Paris."
Ash Barty says she is grateful for her 2019 season
With the French Open being postponed to September this year, Barty says she has been missing playing on clay. "I've been hitting on clay so I must be missing it.
Obviously, it would have been very special to be there now but come Saturday night I'll enjoy a glass of something French and cheer this time last year." The French Tennis Federation has postponed the French Open to September this year due to the global pandemic.
Barty had said in another interview that she would consider all the information from the WTA & other authorities before travelling to play any tournaments. Ash Barty is currently ranked No. 1 in the world and is the second Australian WTA singles No.
1 after Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She has won eight singles titles and ten doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including 2019 French Open singles title, the 2019 WTA Finals and the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. She has also reached the finals of the doubles event of the other three Grand Slams once.
In 2013, she finished runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles events with veteran Casey Dellacqua, including at the Australian Open while still only 16 years old.