Barty enjoys ‘brilliant’ tune-up at US Open with win in Cincinnati
Aug 23 (Reuters) – World number one Ash Barty will travel to the US Open in great shape after ending the courageous run of Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann with a 6-3 6-1 loss to claim the l ‘Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Wimbledon champion Barty will now try to win her third Grand Slam crown and the first on hard in New York after humiliating big winners Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka and Barbora Krejcikova.
“It’s been a great week. I felt like with each game we were gradually improving in most parts of my game,” the Australian told reporters after securing her fifth title at the top of the team. tour of a stellar 2021.
“Today against Jil I feel like I can trust myself and play with confidence, go after the ball, be aggressive and have a bit of momentum, which was going to be important in a grand finale.
“I think we’re just thrilled to have some tough games under our belt here at Cincy, and that puts us in a very good position to go to New York.”
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The change of scenery in the United States seems to have worked wonders, as well as a more aggressive mindset on the back of great service.
“I felt like these conditions were going to reward good serve and a good first shot at tennis,” said the 25-year-old.
“While it’s not necessarily my repertoire all the time, I felt like I wanted to push myself this week to try to be more assertive on my serve.”
World number 76 Teichmann will also travel to Flushing Meadows with new confidence in her game after a formidable week, having upset US Open champion Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.
Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
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