The World no.1 Ashleigh Barty won the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati as she defeated Jil Teichmann by 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the tournament. The Australian will now enter the US Open high on confidence as she was in sublime form during the last week.
The 25-year old didn’t even drop a single set during the tournament as she played at the top of her game. Thus, the Australian bounced back in style after losing in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics.
Barty will now be aiming for her third Grand slam title and her maiden major on hard court. She was able to bring her A-game to the table and will aim to continue the same in the US Open.
“It’s been an awesome week. I felt like with each match we’re getting progressively better and better in most parts of my game.” the Australian said.
“Today against Jil I feel like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a bit of a run-on, which was going to be important in a big final.”
“I think we’re just excited that we’ve got matches under our belt in tough conditions here in Cincy, and that’s put us in a really good stead going into New York.”
Barty wanted to be aggressive on her serve and she will aim to continue the good show.
“I felt like these conditions were going to reward good serving and good first-strike tennis,” said the 25-year-old. “Even though that’s not necessarily my repertoire all the time, I felt like I wanted to push myself this week to try and be more assertive on my serve.”
The US Open will begin from 30th August in New York.