Ashleigh Barty won her fifth title of the season in Cincinnati by becoming the first player to reach 40 successes in 2021. Last year, the world number one decided not to leave Australia during one of the most complicated phases of the pandemic and, therefore, not to participate in the US Open.
After her sad absence, Barty is now ready to compete to the fullest of her abilities at Flushing Meadows. The Australian will face Vera Zvonareva on her first round and the first seed she could find on her way, specifically in the third round, bears the name and surname of Veronika Kudermetova.
In the same eighth of the final of the Barty were inserted Karolina Muchova and Jennifer Brady; while in the quarterfinals she could give life to the super challenge with Belinda Bencic, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Finally, the most accredited players to reach the semi-finals in the upper part of the board are Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, Petra Kvitova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Barty comes back to play the US Open: "Many things have changed in my life" In the press conference before the New York Slam the Australian said: "2020? Since that moment many things have changed in my life and in the world.
Undoubtedly, she was disappointed not to have been able to play last year, but it was due to various circumstances. It's good to be back and this week will be exciting with the fans in the stands. Can't wait to start playing.
It will be fun and enjoyable to play on these courses again, of course. In Cincinnati this past week was probably the first time in a long time that we had so many people at the stadium. Conditions of play? They are not very different from Cincinnati.
Yes, there is a little more humidity. Either way, there are details to work on in order not to leave the tournament right away. With my team we joked a lot about the things that happened off the pitch. You have to be able to enjoy the moment and relax.
My story has finally become a good story. I think at the end of the year we will meet my whole team to celebrate in Australia. It will be one of those years that I will always remember."