Ashleigh Barty, number 1 with chevrons

Laura Marta

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There is always talk of the lack of leadership in the women’s circuit, but there it is Ashleigh Barty, 25, number 1, finalist in the Mutua Madrid Open for the first time in his three participations. It ended the wonderful story that Paula Badosa was writing in the Magic Box (6-4 and 6-3) because the Australian is a tennis player with multiple edges, capable of adapting to any strategy and easily breaking that of the opposite.

This is how he did it with Badosa, exposing his thousand resources with chopped blows to break rhythms, intelligence to find a way to do damage, a huge serve, an artist’s hand to sign conclusive leaves. A off-road tennis player, champion of Roland Garros 2019, the year in which she climbed to the leadership of the WTA and in which she can remain for a long time. Yesterday he achieved his sixteenth consecutive gravel victory, and although he spent almost a year without competing (February 2020-January 2021) in this course he already took bites in Yarra Valley, Miami and Stuttgart.

“You grow with each game you play, without a doubt, because it is an opportunity to create something different and rectify the mistakes you made the day before. All that teaches », admits number 1, overflowing with confidence in a fantastic year, fourth final in just five months. «I think that confidence comes from training and preparation. The game is the opportunity you have to put into practice what you have done. Because each game is different, each rival is different, there are many variations and it is a challenge. You have to have the best of yourself regardless of the surface, if it rains, if it is windy or cold.

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