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Barty enjoys “awesome” US Open tune-up with Cincinnati win


World primary Ash Barty will head to the US Open in peak kind after ending Swiss wildcard Jil Teichmann’s courageous run with a 6-Three 6-1 defeat to assert the Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Wimbledon champion Barty will now bid for her third Grand Slam crown and first on hardcourt at New York after humbling main winners Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka and Barbora Krejcikova.

“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 advised reporters after clinching her tour-leading fifth title of a stellar 2021.

“Today towards Jil I really feel like I used to be in a position to actually belief myself and play with confidence, get after the ball, be aggressive and get a little bit of a run-on, which was going to be vital in a giant last.

“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 really good stead going into New York.”

Barty got here out of the Tokyo Olympics with a doubles bronze medal and a tinge of disappointment after her quest for singles gold ended with a first-up loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The change of scene within the United States seems to have completed wonders, together with a extra aggressive mindset on the again of fantastic serving.

“I felt like these conditions were going to reward good serving and good first-strike tennis,” mentioned 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.”

World quantity 76 Teichmann may even head to Flushing Meadows with new confidence in her recreation after a terrific week, having upset US Open champion Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

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