Ashleigh Barty opens up about her dream of winning Wimbledon
Even though she's deemed the top player in the WTA Tour, Ashleigh Barty has never won at Wimbledon. Ash only has one Grand Slam win to her name but she has made it far in almost every major tournament. She talked about her dream of winning the event.
When Ash beat Alja Tomljanović in the quarter-finals, she was only two games away from winning Wimbledon. Ash proved to be too strong for her fellow Aussie during the QF matchup since she stormed to a 6-1 and 6-3 victory in just over an hour. It was a dominant display and Ash proved why she’s known as the top player in the WTA Tour.
She’s the first Aussie to make the semifinal stage since Jelena Dokic did the same way back in 2000. After the match, Ash showed her gratitude for the chances she’s received over the years which has led to this moment.
‘This is my dream. I'm in an extremely fortunate position that I'm getting to do what I dreamt of as a kid’, Ash said. ‘So I think I've just got a whole lot of gratitude for the fact that I get to come out here and do what I love’.
Ash deserves this run
Before the event started, Ash struggled to prepare because she suffered a hip injury back in the French Open. She was forced to retire from her second-round match then and she also had to skip multiple events leading to Wimbledon.
Ash has peaked at the right time and it will be hard to bet against her since she plays well. Her dominant display against Alja was one of the most one-sided matches in the event so far which was a reminder that she’s the number one talent.
Ash talked about how she feels confident in her abilities. She said, ‘I think today I was able to use my weapons a little bit better and just bring the ball back into my patterns a bit more regularly. I certainly wasn't as loose as I have been with errors and kind of ill-timed lapses. I felt really sharp today’.
Proof why she’s number one
Ash has maintained her hold on the WTA Tour’s number one spot for a long while now. Despite some stellar performances from players like Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, Ash is still in pole position in the loaded WTA Tour. During her run at Wimbledon, she’s proven that she is not a complacent player who takes breaks during matches where she’s heavily favoured.
The Aussie star does not take anything for granted. Even if Ash is constantly favoured to win games, she does not get too confident because that may be her undoing. Hopefully, she can continue to follow her dreams because she is aware of the problems that may arise during a potential title run.
Words: Cholo Martin