World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has revealed that this year she has learned to accept that she can't win every single match. Barty, 25, has had a big season, winning five titles in six finals played. Barty has been playing well lately, having won the Cincinnati Masters in her leading up tournament to the US Open.
Barty is now making a good progress at the US Open as on Thursday she beat rising Danish star Clara Tauson 6-1 7-5 to progress into the third round. "I think that's been a massive part of our year is accepting that you don't win every single tennis match and you're certainly not entitled to make big finals or put yourself in the latter stages of tournament.
You have to earn that right," Barty said after her win over Tauson, per WTA Insider.
Barty struggled a bit in her opening two matches
Barty hasn't yet dropped a set at the US Open thus year but she has had two tight sets.
In the first round, Barty beat Vera Zvonareva 6-1 7-6 (7). "Chipping away in these 1st 2 matches has been good. The tennis hasn't been as clean as it was a couple weeks ago, but we accept that. We keep working and go back to the practice court tomorrow, and now we give ourselves another opportunity in 3R to try and rectify that," Barty noted.
Barty has never made it past the round-of-16 at the US Open but former world No. 1 Mats Willander believes the Australian will win it all at Flushing Meadows this year. "Ash Barty will never, ever beat herself by risking too much when she is winning,” said Wilander.
“I like it when she plays like that – giving her opponent the chance to prove to her that she can beat her because when you do, she will step up her game again. In the end, I think it was a good win for Ash Barty”.