Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep speak on never winning hard court Grand Slam

Both Barty and Halep have enjoyed victories at the French Open and Wimbledon but never at the Australian Open and US Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep speak on never winning hard court Grand Slam

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty believes there is no specific reason behind the fact that she, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep have never won a hard court Grand Slam. Barty, Muguruza and Halep have all enjoyed success at the Grand Slam but neither owns a hard court Major title.

Barty claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2019, before she captured her second Major title at this past Wimbledon. "Yeah, it's an interesting one," Barty said when asked about the trio's quest for a hardcourt major, per the WTA website.

"Obviously the occasions can make you feel different. You can't hide behind the fact that for me playing in Australia is different to what Simo or Garbiñe feel when they play in Australia. When they're playing in Europe it's different to how I feel when I play in Europe."

Barty suggests a bit of luck is needed

"I think all in all, we've won titles on hard courts, we've all won big titles on hard courts.

I don't think there's anything specific to it. It's just sometimes you have to get the timing right. Things have to fall in your place. You have to get a bit of luck," Barty added. Halep is also a two-time Grand Slam champion, having won the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019.

Halep, Barty and Muguruza have all been through to the US Open round-of-16. "I cannot explain why," Halep said. "It's just maybe because we didn't trust that much that on hard court we can win. But also, at the same time, we won other tournaments, big tournaments on hard, so probably it's a matter of time and we have just to wait and to believe that it's gonna come.

"Hopefully one of us can win a hard court Grand Slam. But it's nice to be in these top three. They are very nice players."

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