French Open 2021: Ashleigh Barty would not contemplate herself as defending champion, says ‘it is a recent begin for everybody’

French Open 2021: Ashleigh Barty would not contemplate herself as defending champion, says ‘it is a recent begin for everybody’

The Australian gained her solely main singles title in Paris in 2019. The event was cancelled final yr due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

French Open 2021: Ashleigh Barty doesn't consider herself as defending champion, says 'it's a fresh start for everyone'

Ashleigh Barty after successful the French Open title in 2019. AFP

Paris: As Ashleigh Barty prepares for the beginning of Roland Garros on 24 Could, she insisted Monday that she doesn’t regard herself because the defending champion.

The Australian gained her solely main singles title in Paris in 2019. The event was cancelled final yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is a very long time since I’ve performed on the French Open,” she stated in a teleconference from Stuttgart on Monday forward of her first match on European clay in virtually two years.

“It is a recent begin, a recent begin for everybody at that occasion.”

She made clear that her method was additionally sensible.

“If you happen to go right into a event pondering you are defending your title, it is the incorrect technique to method it,” she stated. “It is a recent event, and it is a new alternative.”

The 24-year-old Barty and American Jennifer Brady crushed American pair Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria 6-3, 6-1 within the Stuttgart doubles spherical of 16 on Monday.

Barty acquired a bye to the singles second spherical, the place she is going to face one among two Germans, both Laura Siegemund or Mona Barthel.

After Stuttgart she plans to play on clay in Madrid and Rome earlier than Roland Garros.

She opened her clay-court season by reaching the quarterfinals in Charleston, South Carolina, at the beginning of the month.

Regardless that she skipped a lot of final season, she is ranked No. 1 on this planet and gained the hard-court Miami Open which preceded Charleston, however she was cagey about her kind.

“From the surface it is judged on outcomes, which could be correct,” she stated.

“There have been instances I’ve felt I have been in nice kind however have not been successful matches and vice versa. Different ones once I have not been capable of finding something near the center of the racket however you discover a means via matches.”

“It is essential to not be utterly outcomes pushed whenever you’re pondering of your kind.”

Roland Garros is beginning every week later than initially scheduled.

“It is lower into every week of the grass-court season which could be very quick already,” Barty stated.

“I do not suppose every week making ready into Wimbledon will make an enormous distinction to these in the primary draw.”

Barty, who’s from Queensland, took a break final yr to keep away from travelling in the course of the pandemic.

She has up to now talked of homesickness, and the north American and European swing is conserving her removed from house.

“Half and parcel of travelling is being snug away from house or as snug as you could be,” she stated.

“Clearly I am a homebody. I really like being at house with my household,” she stated, including that she tries to talk to them as a lot as potential.

“Expertise is a superb factor,” she stated.

“I really like what I do. I am extraordinarily grateful for the chance to do what I really like within the present scenario on this planet.”

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