Excellent storm has Barty smiling into Open

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Australia’s Ashleigh Barty says she has had the right preparation for this coming summer season and is anticipating to be prepared for a daring displaying the Australian Open.

At No.15 on the earth, Ashleigh Barty is Australia’s highest ranked tennis participant.

However the 22-year-old has her sights set larger and is on the lookout for a robust displaying on the Australian Open in January to assist her push nearer to the highest 10.

Barty had a terrific end to 2018, successful in Zhuhai in her final outing, which adopted a semi-final loss in Wuhan. 

She additionally made the spherical of 16 on the ultimate grand slam match of the yr, the US Open, dropping to Karolina Pliskova.

Her summer season began in Perth on Saturday evening with a straight-sets win over Alize Cornet of France on the Hopman Cup.

Cornet stated after that match that she thought Barty may go all the best way to finish of the upcoming Australian Open, if she is prepared for it mentally.

Barty thinks the round-robin format of the mixed-teams match offered her with the right preparation for this yr’s first grand slam.

In addition to the centre courtroom at RAC Area offering comparable circumstances to what she’s going to meet at Melbourne Park, the house of the Open, she additionally has three assured matches in opposition to high quality opponents.

“It’s a little bit of an ideal storm; it truly is,” she stated. 

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“And every match will get an increasing number of tough in opposition to excessive ranked opponents.

“That’s precisely what we’re after.”

No matter whether or not her and Matt Ebden make it to the Hopman Cup ultimate, Barty nonetheless has matches to return in opposition to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, ranked 18 on the earth, on Wednesday. 

She then faces German world No.2 Angelique Kerber on Friday.

Barty was completely satisfied along with her type in her win over Cornet, however stated she had some unforced errors to get out of her recreation by the of the week.
“There’s a little little bit of polish coming with a few matches that may come, however I’m very completely satisfied tonight,” she stated.

“Wins are the cherry on prime. It’s getting again in to the match swing of issues.

“We’ve had a few months of no competitors and it doesn’t look like lots however once we play 10 months of the yr – week in week out – it could possibly really feel like it’s a lifetime.

“Completely happy to get matches right here and go in to Sydney able to go after which in to Melbourne seeking to go deep.”


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