“Deserve My Spot” – Ashleigh Barty Defends Her Number 1 Ranking After Winning Miami Open 2021

Published 04/04/2021, 4:42 AM EDT
Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia holds the Butch Bucholz Trophy after her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Amid the talk about her keeping the Number 1 ranking despite missing all the action last season, Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has said that she deserves to be at the top of the pile.

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The 24-year-old said she did not get to add to her points when the WTA froze the rankings last year while others got a chance to do so by virtue of playing more events and winning matches.

Ashleigh Barty says she didn’t get to add to her ranking points last year while other players did

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The Aussie successfully defended her 2019 Miami Open title on Saturday after she won by virtue of a walkover from fellow finalist and current World Number 9 Bianca Andreescu.

Speaking to reporters after lifting her first Tour title of the year, Barty said, “I didn’t play at all last year and didn’t improve any of my points whatsoever.

“There were girls who had a chance to improve theirs, so I felt like I thoroughly deserve my spot at the top of the rankings.”

Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada (L) is consoled by Ashleigh Barty of Australia (R) after retiring due to injury in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Aussie won her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2019 French Open and followed it up with a string of impressive performances that took her to the top of the rankings.

Being able to build on 2019 success has been great: Barty

Barty said 2019 was an “incredible” year in her career and she is happy to have added to her gains from 2019 by virtue of a successful title-defense in Miami.

“The year we had in 2019 was incredible…and to be able to build on that now has been great,” she said.

On whether she came into the Miami event with a point to prove to her detractors, the World Number 1 said she had nothing to prove to anyone as she had put in a lot of backroom work with her team even when she was away.

She added that the best way for players to silence doubters or detractors is to step out on the court and win games of tennis.

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“We come out here and do the best that we can regardless of what anyone is saying,” Barty said.

The Aussie had already pocketed the opening set and was leading 4-0 in the second when Andreescu withdrew with an injury.

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Barring a miracle, Barty would have won the final handsomely, had it run its course.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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