Ashleigh Barty Reveals the Key to a Successful Comeback at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/15/2021, 8:54 AM EST
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the Yarra Valley Classic with the trophy after her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has made a superb comeback. She recently defeated Shelby Rogers in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021 and earned herself a ticket to the quarter-finals. Barty has played brilliantly so far at the Grand Slam and hasn’t lost a single set till now.

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In a recent press conference, Ashleigh Barty faced an intriguing question. She was asked that whether staying away from tennis for almost a year helped her improve her game. Barty didn’t play professional tennis since February 2020 and recently returned at the Australian Open 2021.

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“Yeah! It’s all part of my journey,” began Barty. “It’s all part of my life, my story I suppose. But, without a doubt, I’d have obviously used to, in a way, coming off a break and not playing but the break itself is not a problem for me. It’s not a concern.”

Barty surely believes that the break is not a big thing for her. She also took a break of about 1.5 years from tennis when she was 18-19 years old, but managed to make an incredible comeback back then as well.

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Ashleigh Barty highlights the importance of preparation before making a comeback

In the same response, Barty also emphasized the role of some good preparation before making a comeback. She believes that spending time on preparing oneself is the key to a successful return.

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“If I do all the right things in preparation before starting again, that’s what I aim to get right. That’s what I do with my team.

“We try and doddle their eyes and cross our t’s, do all the right things to get to a point where we know that we’re comfortable going out in the court and trying to execute.

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“So, I think more the preparation that we do, leading up to the tournament than the break itself,” added the World No.1 player.

Ashleigh Barty is in the quarters right now and will face Karolina Muchova there. Fans certainly have huge expectations from her and want her to lift her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year.

Will Barty be able to win the Australian Open 2021 title and make this a dream comeback?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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