World No.1 Ash Barty displays on her return to worldwide journey as she prepares to defend her Miami Open title this week.
Australia’s Ash Barty is all set to play her first event internationally because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 24-year-old from Queensland is in Miami this week, the place she is the defending champion.
“It’s an journey for us,” Barty stated of her return to worldwide competitors.
“When leaving Australia it was fairly exhausting to depart and fairly emotional to depart, however I believe we’re excited to have the chance to play the entire season.”
Barty and Melbourne-based coach Craig Tyzzer now count on to stay abroad for the rest of the 2021 season.
“You recognize, contact wooden, all the things goes effectively with the remainder of the world and the place we’ll be travelling to and enjoying tournaments, so we’ll be capable of play safely and really feel actually snug,” Barty stated.
“I believe we are able to’t plan too far forward, as we all know, all the things can nonetheless change so quickly, however we’re planning as finest as we are able to.”
Barty, who receives a gap spherical bye in Miami, will face both Slovak Kristina Kuchova or American Hailey Baptiste in her first match.
“We’re extraordinarily excited to be again enjoying and have the chance to return out right here and really feel like we’re in a really secure surroundings, to have the ability to play and to have the ability to take pleasure in what we do,” Barty stated.
“It was actually weird leaving Australia, we had fairly a prolonged journey over right here. We had a few flight cancellations and it turned out to be a close to 50-hour journey to get right here. So it was actually not the best one getting over, however simply good to be again right here competing and doing what we love.”
A return to Miami, the place Barty made her top-10 breakthrough in 2019, gives additional trigger for optimism.
“Clearly, (this can be a) event the place we’ve got so many good recollections,” Barty stated.
“I believe this week for me a pair years in the past was among the best of my profession, the place I performed constant tennis all through the entire week. So wanting ahead to difficult myself as soon as once more, to try to deliver that deliver that tennis.”