Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other
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Ash Barty finished her preparations for the upcoming US Open in fine fashion after defeating Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann 6-3 6-1 to win the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday. The world number one will now look to win her third Grand Slam title in New York amid her ominous form.
Barty is eyeing a first hardcourt Grand Slam title, and heads into the major at Flushing Meadows in confident form.
“It’s been an awesome week,” the Wimbledon champion said.
“I felt like with each match we’re getting progressively better and better in most parts of my game.
“Today against Jil I feel like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a bit of a run-on, which was going to be important in a big final.
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“I think we’re just excited that we’ve got matches under our belt in tough conditions here in Cincy, and that’s put us in really good stead going into New York.”
Barty left the Tokyo Olympics with a bronze medal in doubles after her attempt at winning singles gold ended with a surprise first-round loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo.
She has won a WTA-leading five titles in 2021, and will be hoping her Olympics singles campaign was just a blip in the road.
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Barty’s return to form coincides with her return to the United States, combining an aggressive mindset with excellent serving.
The Australian struck eight aces and 28 winners as she cruised to victory in the final in Cincinnati.
“I felt like these conditions were going to reward good serving and good first-strike tennis,” the 25-year-old added.
“Even though that’s not necessarily my repertoire all the time, I felt like I wanted to push myself this week to try and be more assertive on my serve.
“To my team, we’ve been on the road for nearly six months but it’s been a joy every single day so thank you for hanging in there with me.”
Teichmann, ranked 76 in the world, goes to the Big Apple in fine form following her tremendous run to the final.
The Swiss star upset four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in Cincinnati.
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