I deserve the World No 1 rating, says Ash Barty after Miami Open title defence

I deserve the World No 1 rating, says Ash Barty after Miami Open title defence

Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has held the No 1 rating since September of that yr, regardless of skipping the rescheduled US and French Opens in 2020 to stay in Australia.

I deserve the World No 1 ranking, says Ash Barty after Miami Open title defence

Ashleigh Barty defended her Miami Open title and continued to carry the highest rating. AP

Ashleigh Barty insisted she is a worthy world primary on Saturday after defeating Bianca Andreescu to retain her Miami Open crown.

The 24-year-old Australian star served discover of her willpower to be a power this season with a 6-3, 4-0 victory as Andreescu retired with a foot damage within the second set.

Barty – who had already been assured of holding on to her No 1 rating earlier than Saturday’s remaining – has confronted sniping from some gamers over her continued presence at high spot.

The Queenslander has benefited from a tweak into the best way rankings are calculated which takes under consideration the disruption brought on by final yr’s pandemic shutdown.

Nonetheless, Barty shrugged off the criticism on Saturday following her Miami win, rejecting a suggestion that her newest title “proved” she deserved her No 1 standing.

“I by no means must show something to anybody,” Barty stated. “I do know all of the work that I do with my workforce behind the scenes.

“I do know there was plenty of discuss concerning the rating, however I did not play in any respect final yr and I did not enhance any of my factors in any respect.

“Sure, I did not drop, however I did not enhance any. I did not play any in any respect. There have been women who had the prospect to enhance theirs, so I felt like I totally deserve my spot on the high of the rankings.”

Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has held the No 1 rating since September of that yr, regardless of skipping the rescheduled US and French Opens in 2020 to stay in Australia.

“The yr we had in 2019 was unimaginable, unimaginable for us, and, you understand, to have the ability to construct on that now because the restart for us has been nice,” Barty stated. “We come out right here and do the very best that we are able to no matter what anybody is saying. So I by no means really feel like I’ve to show something to anybody.”

Barty added that she was unfazed by critics who’ve steered that Naomi Osaka – winner of final yr’s US Open and this yr’s Australian Open – was extra deserving of No 1 standing.

“Everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion. That is completely high quality. I am unable to management what anybody else thinks or what anybody else says. I really feel like we need to be high of the rankings,” she stated.

“It does not ever actually get to me. I imply, it is simply what individuals say and I am unable to change their opinion, so it does not stress me out in any respect.”

Barty, who opted to stay in Australia final yr after the WTA season resumed following the pandemic shutdown, is now wanting ahead to a crowded schedule.

She is going to play the WTA occasion in Charleston subsequent week as a part of preparations for the European clay courtroom season the place she’s going to play in Madrid, Stuttgart and Rome earlier than aiming to regain her French Open title at Roland Garros.

“In 2019 all through every week that I performed, I felt like I bought higher and higher on the clay and clearly grew in confidence and grew in expertise,” Barty stated. “If it seems we’ve an important clay courtroom season, that is unbelievable, and if we do not, then it isn’t the tip of the world.”

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