Ashleigh Barty answers to Rod Laver

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Ashleigh Barty answers to Rod Laver

By defeating Sofia Kenin 6-3 3-6 6-0, Ashleigh Barty earned her place in the round of eight of the French Open. During her post-match conference, the Australian talked about her future opponent, the American Madison Keys, “I played her here at the French Open a few years ago in a match I would love to forget.

So I think it's very much a fresh, clean slate from this match, at Fed Cup that we had as well. Different surface. As different as you can probably get, indoor hard to an outdoor clay court. I think it's an amazing opportunity for me to go out there and try and play my brand of tennis again, and take it to her as much as I can.

She's obviously had really good success here in the past”. Before Barty’s fourth-round match, Australian veteran tennis champion Rod Laver had posted his support for her on his Twitter, “Australia is behind you Ashleigh, Queensland gold!

Good luck in your 4th round match Roland Garros today. You can go all the way, no question. I’ll be cheering hard. So proud. Rocket”. World No. 8 reacted to this, “He's an incredible person. It was pure luck that our cars arrived at the same time.

I think it was a couple of days ago yesterday [Sunday]. But he's an amazing champion. It's really nice to be able to play in front of him. And, yeah, a very, very special guy”. Barty, who will play her quarter-finals match on Wednesday, reflected on her situation at present, “obviously there's a little bit more talk around and a little bit more attention.

But for me, nothing changes. Very much we go through the exact same process after a match. Whether it's a win or a loss, it's the same recovery, same everything. And, yeah, I think that's probably what I've been doing best over the last 12 to 18 months.

And it's put me in better positions. I'm in these positions now because I'm doing that better. So I think, you know, it's pretty incredible to be in this position now, deep into another Slam, and a hell of an opportunity”.