Just two weeks after stunning the tennis world taking the French Open title, Ash Barty is now two sets from securing WTA No. 1 ranking. Barty will play for the top spot and the Birmingham title Sunday against German Julia Goerges.
Barty bested Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-4 to win her 11th straight match. And now she’s on the verge of No. 1.
“I have to try and do what I can do and that is prepare and do as best that I can tomorrow and try and play a good tennis match and if I win, it’s a bonus,” said Barty. “There are all things that come with it, but those things are certainly not what I’m worried about.
“Every time you step on the court it’s a different opponent, it’s a different occasion and I have to try and adapt and be as well prepared as possible for that particular person and that’s all that I can control, try and do that on my half, and if I’m able to execute on the day, it’s a bonus.”
Goerges got through downing Petra Martic 6-4, 6-3.
“I think overall I can be very happy with the way I played today. I’m very solid, good serving and trying to make it as hard as possible for her,” Goerges said.
“I must say especially body-wise I feel very good but also with the way I’m playing, I think it has a little bit, a bigger impact and effect on the opponent, what I’m having at the start of the year.
“A title is always great at the start of the year, but now I’m feeling much more confident than I did at the beginning of the year.”
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