The 2021 US Open begins on August 30 and a question is on everyone’s lips. Who will succeed Naomi Osaka winner 2020? In the absence of Serena Williams , semi-finalist last year, favorites like Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu far from their best form, and an outgoing winner mentally struggling, and players like Elina Svitolina and Karilina Pliskova who are reaching their limits in Grand Slam, a boulevard seems to open for the world number 1 Ashleigh Barty .
US Open – Ashleigh Barty before her first round
Indeed the Australian arrives in confidence with a victory in Cincinnati in her purse. The young Rex who had the privilege of being able to ask her a question understood this well by asking her how she felt when she arrived in New York with 5 titles to her list for this single year 2021. Obviously the champion saw it well. : ” I feel great. We’ve played a lot this year and having tournaments on a lot of different surfaces has been really great. But, none of them are like New York, none that look like the US Open . I can’t wait to get started. “
“It’s an incredible year, when I retire it will be a year I will remember”
During the conference the world No. 1 had the opportunity to reflect on her past, her experience, her work, and how it all built the player she is today. But the player does not want to dwell too much on the past, she prefers to wait until the end of the season, then surrounded by her family and her entire team: “Ne laughed a lot about some of the things that happened to us, most of the time it’s happened off the court. Things we don’t control. The plane to come here, I swear, I thought the world was telling me I would have done better to stay in Australia. But we have to laugh at this. This is so and we must have fun with it. This year is really a great year for me on the courts. All of her distractions, experiences, and everything that comes with it makes her even better. When this year is over, I will meet up with my team in Australia and we will celebrate. It really is an amazing year. When I retire, it will be a year that I will remember. And I would laugh, even at the bad memories. But I don’t want to start remembering now on my own. With my family and my whole team.”Such a positive state of mind that we can only be optimistic for the favorite of the US Open.
“With the public it’s a lot of fun”
The young woman also welcomed the return of the public in droves and enjoyed the atmosphere in Cincinnati and expects the same in New York : ” It was a little unreal to see so many people, children, even during the training sessions. It was really cool, and I think in New York it will be the same, with even more people around, it will be a lot of fun. “In these conditions, with this state of mind, we don’t see who will be able to stop the queen of the WTA this season.