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Ashleigh Barty: I Am Becoming A More Complete Player

Ashleigh Barty talked about the reasons for her success in 2019 and her response when Andy Murray asked her to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

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Ashleigh Barty beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the semi-finals of the Nature Valley Classic for the second time. Then she talked about the reasons why she is having a brilliant year.

 

“I think there’s been a general improvement across everything in my game,” The Australian said. “I feel like I’m becoming a more complete player.”

She continued, “It has always been a goal of mine to make sure I have all the shots and all the options, but it’s also about making the right decisions. I feel like I’ve been doing that a lot better this year. I’ve been looking after my service games, which is always a key part of my game. And I’m also trying to get into return games as often as possible. We’ve done the work, and it’s paying off.”

Barty gives her team a lot of credit for ensuring she is always well-prepared. “You can’t win a tennis match purely on tennis or purely on the mental side,” she said. “It has to go hand in hand. I’ve got an amazing team who help me with both of those components of my game and all facets of my game.”

“Everyone on my team is on the same page and we enjoy each other’s company. We make sure we’re relaxed and we have fun but, when it’s time to play, we do everything possible to give me a chance to win matches.”

Barty turns down Murray

Barty’s success in singles does have some drawbacks, as she discovered recently when Andy Murray asked her to play mixed doubles with him at Wimbledon.

“When Andy asked me to play, I was a little bit shocked to be honest,” the Australian said. “I would have loved to have grabbed the opportunity.”

“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I took some time to think about it and decided that playing three events was just a little bit too much. I’d already made a commitment to play with Azarenka.”

“When a champion (like Andy) asked me to play, I was flattered and very honoured. I said to him, ‘there are some very good options out there for you.’ I’m sure he’ll find someone.”

She continued, “There will be a million people lining up for Andy. (He’ll go for) whoever he thinks will complement his game the most and he can go out there and have fun with.”

Barty was delighted to see Murray’s return at Queen’s. She said, “I don’t think there was a person in the tennis world that wasn’t happy to see him back out there again.”

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Rebecca Peterson clinches her maiden WTA title

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Twenty-four year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson lifted the first title of her career at the Jangxi Open in Nanchang after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-2 6-0.

 

The world number 78 Petterson, who had reached only a quarter final so far this season, has become the 14th first-time winner on the WTA Tour so far in 2019.

Peterson reeled off nine consecutive games from 3-2 in the first set to clinch the win, breaking serve four times.

Peterson dropped only nine points in her service games and did not face any break points. The Swede earned her first break in the first game after a double fault from Rybakina. Peterson consolidated the break by holding serve at love and opened up a 4-2 lead, when Rybakina sent a forehand long.

Peterson broke serve in the seventh game to race out to a 5-2 lead, as Rybakina made a backhand error. Peterson sealed the first set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth game.

Peterson earned an early break, after Rybakina sent a forehand long, and went up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina did not win a single game point and sent Petersen to deuce in the fifth game of the second set, but she dropped serve. Petersen wrapped up the match with a bagel thanks to a service winner on her first championship point.

Rybakina, who scored two three-set wins against Viktoria Golubic in the quarter final and Peng Shuai in the semifinal, hit 3 winners to 11 unforced errors. She had won her maiden title in Bucharest last July.

 

 

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Karolina Pliskova lifts her fourth title of the season in Zhengzhou

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Number 1 seed Karolina Pliskova cruised past number 7 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 36 minutes in the final of the Zhengzhou Open, an inaugural WTA Premier tournament. The final was postponed by six hours after torrential rain.

 

Pliskova came back from 0-2 in the first set by winning 12 of the next 15 games to win her fourth title this season after Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne. The Czech player is the fifth top seed to win a tournament this season after Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen, Alison Van Uytvanck in Budapest, Caroline Garcia in Nottingham and Anastasjia Sevastova in Jurmala.

Pliskova took a re-match against Martic, who beat the Czech player in four of their previous five head-to-head matches and won their third round clash at Roland Garros.

Pliskova saved two of her three break points and converted four of her eight break points.

Martic earned an early break with a forehand return winner to open up a 2-0 lead in the first set. As the match resumed after a rain delay Martic did not convert a double break point. Pliskova broke back in the fourth game with a forehand winner to draw level to 2-2.

Pliskova saved a break point chance in the seventh game with a forehand down the line. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game, when Martic made a forehand error and sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner.

Pliskova dropped only six points on her first serve in the second set and broke serve in the third game when Martic sent a backhand slice wide. The former world number 1 player held her serve with an ace before breaking for the second time in the fifth game. She hit four winners to seal the win, as she was serving for the match at 5-2.

“I think I played good matches. Of course, not all the matches were perfect, the week never can be really perfect because it’s so many days and so many things can be just different every day. I beat tough players, which I maybe lost to a couple of times before. I think that was the biggest plus of this week, especially with Petra. These wins are always important. It doesn’t matter where you play, which tournament you play, but it’s always important. To get the trophy is always special. It does not matter really which tournament or how big the tournament is, it’s always good”, said Pliskova.  

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Nao Hibino beats Misaki Doi in all-Japanese final in Hiroshima

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World Number 146 Nao Hibino beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-2 in the all-Japanese final of Haa-Cupid Japan Open in Hiroshima.

 

Doi broke serve at 15 in the second game with a deep return, but she dropped her serve at love in the third game. Dou earned another break with a forehand to open up a 3-1 lead. Hibino pulled the break back in the fifth game, when Doi sent her backhand long.

Hibino reeled off nine consecutive games from 1-3 down to build up a 6-3 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks in the seventh and ninth games of the first set and two more breaks in the first and third games of the second set. Doi dropped her serve in six consecutive service games and hit 8 winners to 14 unforced errors. Doi pulled back one break in the fifth game. Hibino broke for the third time at deuce to win the second set 6-2.

Hibino claimed both the singles and the doubles titles at the same tournament for the first time in her career. She teamed up with Doi to clinch the doubles title with a 6-3 4-6 10-4 win over Christina McHale and Valeria Savinykh.

“I was so nervous today, so much more than the semifinals, but because I experienced being nervous in the semifinals, I knew what to expect. I was able to stay positive during the match today”, said Hibino.

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