Ashleigh Barty won at her first round of the US Open 2021. The Australian overtook her opponent in two very different sets. The first, completely dominated, finished 6-1, while the second required a hard-fought tie-break, won by 9 points to 7.
Zvonareva put Barty's technical and athletic skills to the test in some moments of the race, provoking in her the pressure she got rid of as a true champion. The debut with victory in Flushing Meadows has therefore left positive feelings in the number 1 of the WTA ranking, which will find the very young Dane Tauson in the second round.
Ashleigh Barty expressed her satisfaction at the press conference after the match. According to her, the key to everything was trusting your instincts. She said: "Vera is a very complicated opponent, she has experience in big events and knows how to approach the match.
I think the adaptation to the conditions was a little slower than I would have liked, I had a hard time finding the rhythm and the sensations, but it's nice to be able to solve it in two sets and, above all, get good tennis in the moments.
Ashleigh Barty: "The key is to follow my instincts"
She pushed a lot in some parts of the match and seeing that I was able to find solutions and play good points when I was under pressure gives me a lot of confidence."
How to get out of complicated situations well? It matters so much to go to instinct, according to world number 1: "We train many basic game patterns that have always been in my head. It can be said that we strengthen my basic instinct so that in the games everything comes out naturally and automatically.
The key I think is to follow my instincts, the first idea that comes to my mind, because if I start to doubt what to do I find myself in trouble. The great beauty of tennis is that no two rivals are alike, you have to continually adapt to the way your opponent plays, not just follow your own patterns.
There is no need to complicate life too much, I have always thought that the key is to execute the shot that is interpreted in the first instance as the correct one." What is certain is that staying on track for two weeks, or the duration of a Grand Slam, is not an easy task: "The difficulty of the Grand Slams is enormous because you have to stay focused for two weeks, which is a very long time.
I just want to keep working to give myself the chance to get it. I have not played against her and I have not seen any of her matches. I'm looking forward to the challenge of establishing a new rivalry. I will prepare a clear and concise game plan with my coach."