World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty described the last six months as a roller coaster after suffering a shock defeat at the US Open. Barty, seeded at No. 1, suffered a shock defeat against world No. 43 Shelby Rogers as the American won 6-2 1-6 7-6 (5).
Six months ago, Barty survived a tough opener at the Miami Masters and ended up winning it all at the tournament. Barty suffered a shock second round defeat at the French Open but won it all at Wimbledon. Barty also made it all the way at the Cincinnati Masters but lost in the US Open third round.
"The last six months have been a roller coaster. I think back to the very first match that I played on this trip. I was 5-2 down in the third set in the first round of Miami," Barty said, per WTA Insider. "Tennis has a funny way of evening things out, doesn't it?”
Barty's struggles at the US Open continue
Barty has never made it past the round-of-16 at the US Open.
Barty has had winning runs at the French Open and Wimbledon but never at a hard court Grand Slam. "Yeah, it's an interesting one," Barty said when asked about her, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep's quest for a first hard court Grand Slam title.
"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."
"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."