World No.1 Ashleigh Barty appreciated Bianca Andreescu’s emergence to the top and her amazing run at the US Open. She further hoped that she can many battles with the rising Canadian in times to come. Catapulting her way to the No.5 ranking, Andreescu started the year outside the Top-150 at No.178 in the world.
“It’s incredible to see some of the tennis she’s played and some of the wins that she’s had,” Barty said of Andreescu. “It’s been very much a fairytale, magical type of year for her and she’s the ultimate competitor.
She’s proven that time and time again and that’s one of the best assets you can get in a champion”. Barty further admitted that she is yet to see Andreescu’s game more to come up with a plan to play her.
“I’d love to play her and I’d love to test myself against her to see why and how she presents so many challenges and why she’s winning all these matches and is as good as she is,” Barty said.
“I’d love that challenge. I’m sure we’ll cross paths eventually, hopefully more than once”. In prime position to end the year as No.1 and a chance to win her nation the Fed Cup after 45 years, Barty is hopefull for both of them.
“If they both happen, or neither happen, it’s not going to change the way that I relax, the way that I stay with my family, the way my family thinks of me,” she said. “They are all little things that you can look forward to, but they don’t really define you and it’s certainly not what I want to be remembered by”.
Reclaiming the World No.1 spot after bowing out early at the US Open, Barty has no reason to justify her ranking jump. “I have done the work and I feel like a ranking is a true reflection of where you are at,” she said.
“It requires you to be consistent, to build up your ranking and to kind of get higher and higher, lower and lower, but the challenge of playing the best in the world is always the greatest challenge”. “That’s why we play this game, to test ourselves against the very best”.