French Open will be a ‘fresh start’ says Ashleigh Barty ahead of Stuttgart
World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty says she is not thinking about her French Open 2019 title leading up to the 2021 event.
Ashleigh Barty will play at Roland Garros for the first time since her 2019 triumph when she competes at this year’s tournament, having forgone the postponed 2020 staging.
“It’s a long time since I’ve played at the French Open,” she said according to the AFP News Agency. “It’s a fresh start, a fresh start for everyone at that event,” Barty added.
“If you go into a tournament thinking you’re defending your title, it’s the wrong way to approach it.
“It’s a fresh tournament, and it’s a new opportunity.”
Ashleigh Barty defended her 2019 Miami Open title earlier this month, before reaching the quarter-finals of her first clay court appearance of the season in Charleston, North Carolina. Stuttgart will be the Australian’s first appearance on European clay for nearly two years.
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“From the outside it’s judged on results, which can be accurate,” she said of her progress.
“There have been times I’ve felt I’ve been in great form but haven’t been winning matches and vice versa. Other ones when I haven’t been able to find anything close to the middle of the racket but you find a way through matches.
“It’s important not to be completely results driven when you’re thinking of your form.”
Ashleigh Barty will face either Laura Siegmund or Mona Barthel in the second round of the Stuttgart Open.