Ashleigh Barty celebrated her triumph at Wimbledon with a “low key barbecue” with the family, says she will try to be a “complete player” in 2022

Ashleigh Barty celebrated her triumph at Wimbledon with a “low key barbecue” with the family, says she will try to be a “complete player” in 2022

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will begin her 2022 season at Adelaide International 1. The Australian will look to continue her stellar form from last year. In 2021, she won five tour-leading titles, her second Grand Slam at Wimbledon and completed 100 consecutive weeks at the top of the WTA rankings.

Barty, who received a bye in the first round, will start proceedings in Adelaide against Coco Gauff or Norwegian qualifier Ulrikke Eikeri. In her pre-tournament press conference, she said she was ready to start competing again. He admitted to having rested well at home and having had a fruitful training period in the off-season.

“It’s good to be back in tournament mode, to see some girls,” said Ashleigh Barty. “Yes, we are preparing to go. It has been a good period at home. Obviously, we started the preseason, we have trained well, we are eager to start playing here in Adelaide and put myself to the test again.”

Ashleigh Barty with the Venus Rosewater Dish at Wimbledon 2021Ashleigh Barty with her team in Adelaide

“I’m excited to try to put it together as best I can and I understand that in the next few weeks I will have to be patient with myself. It’s been a while since I played a competitive match, but I feel good, I feel ready.” Ashleigh Barty (via @Eurosport_ES) https://t.co/7EuSXg5bi0

During her press, Ashleigh Barty was asked if she was okay with taking on a player with such an exemption. She responded that she would like to put her faith in the medical professionals who make these decisions. He stressed that his opponent’s medical history would be the last thing he would worry about.

“It’s complicated for me because it’s not my decision,” Barty said. “We trust the people who make those decisions for the right reasons. They have the right information. There is nothing else. The last thing I think about when I’m on the court is the story of the player on the opposite side.”


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