Ashleigh Barty explains how Cincinnati conditions suit her game



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Ashleigh Barty explains how Cincinnati conditions suit her game

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty feels the condiations t the Cincinnati Masters suit her game pretty well and she is making the most out of it. Barty, seeded at No. 1, saw off Barbora Krejcikova 6-2 6-4 to progress into the Cincinnati semifinal.

Barty made a fast start to the match, having broken Krejcikova in the fourth and eighth game to comfortably win the opener. After losing the first set, Krejcikova claimed an early break and opened a 4-2 second set lead.

However, Barty kept her focus as she claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row, overturn the deficit, and book a straight-set win. "The conditions here are, I find I'm able to control my slice and the chip return quite well and actually get a good mix of dip and not always a short one but able to push my opponents back and then try and work the court and work the balls a little bit more," Barty explained, per WTA Insider.

Barty bounces back in Cincinnati

Barty, who was one of the top favorites to win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, suffered a first round loss in Tokyo. Barty was disappointed with her singles result at the Tokyo Olympics but she has bounced back in Cincinnati.

"Yeah, I think the singles in Tokyo was a tough one. You know, I was quite quick to forget and move on from that one. I think for me I know that wasn't a true indication of who I am out on the tennis court. It was, I think, really positive, I wanted to play all three events in Tokyo.

I wanted to win a medal for Australia, and that didn't matter in which form it kind of came in, whether it was singles, doubles, or mixed," Barty said. "Stormy and I played a hell of a tournament. Johnny and I played a hell of a tournament.

We were rewarded in the end. The singles didn't put a damper on the event at all. I was able to move on pretty quickly from that and forget that one and, yeah, not take too much out of it."