By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday April 3, 2021
Ashleigh Barty has been the goal of unfair criticism on account of the truth that she held on to the WTA’s No.1 rating although she didn’t play for a full yr after the pandemic hit.
However Barty’s by no means been a participant that worries concerning the uncontrollables, and on this case she isn’t involved in any respect concerning the quantity subsequent to her identify—she’s extra eager about conducting herself as a real skilled and continually working to enhance her degree of recreation.
“I imply, everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion,” she stated after claiming the Miami Open title on Saturday (she’s now performed 15 finals for the reason that begin of 2019). “That is completely tremendous. I am unable to management what anybody else thinks or what anybody else says. For me I simply maintain attempting to do what we do.”
Barty says she doesn’t really feel undeserving in any respect. After she turned simply the sixth participant in WTA historical past to efficiently defend the Miami Open title, it’s fairly clear that her emotions are justified.
“I really feel like we should be high of the rankings,” she stated. “We now have had such a implausible season. Additionally, I believe everybody wants to know that it is a pandemic. It is most likely a once-in-a-lifetime factor for lots of us to undergo, so it’s kind of of a tough scenario. However, yeah, no, it would not ever actually get to me. I imply, it is simply what individuals say and I am unable to change their opinion, so it would not stress me out in any respect.”
How about this for some high quality firm for @ashbarty!
Girls to efficiently defend Miami 🏆
Stefanie Graf (1987-88, 94-96)
Monica Seles (1990-91)
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (1992-93)
Venus Williams (1998-99)
Serena Williams (2002-04, 2007-08, 2013-15)
Ash Barty (2019, 2021) pic.twitter.com/A87oJh4d58
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) April 3, 2021
Humbled by the Achievement
Barty joins a spectacular sextet of WTA legends in conducting a profitable Miami Open last protection. Solely Stefi Graf , Monica Seles , Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Venus and Serena Williams had beforehand achieved the feat.
The standard Aussie stated she doesn’t really feel she belongs in the identical group as these luminaries, however feels privileged to be talked about in the identical breath with 5 Corridor of Famers.
“I really feel like I should not belong with that group,” she stated. “I really feel like I have never earned the proper to be in a listing of names with these champions. They’re real champions of our sport, legends of our sport. I really feel very privileged to be talked about in that sentence, and it’s totally cool and one thing I used to be unaware of.
“However, yeah, I believe it is extraordinarily humbling to be talked about in the identical sentence as these champions, however I really feel like I’ve received an extended, lengthy approach to go but earlier than I might be in dialogue with these names.”