MIAMI • Ashleigh Barty insisted on Saturday that she is a worthy world No. 1 after defeating Bianca Andreescu to retain her Miami Open crown.
The Australian served discover of her dedication to be a drive this season with a 6-3, 4-0 victory as her Canadian opponent retired with a foot damage.
Barty – who had already been assured of holding on to her No. 1 rating earlier than Saturday’s ultimate – has confronted sniping from some gamers over her continued presence on the prime of the standings.
The 24-year-old has benefited from a tweak in the way in which rankings are calculated, which takes into consideration the disruption attributable to final yr’s pandemic shutdown.
This has led to critics suggesting the system is skewed, contemplating Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the world No. 2, has gained two of the previous three Grand Slams.
Nevertheless, Barty shrugged off the criticism following her Miami win, rejecting a suggestion that her newest title “proved” she deserved her No. 1 standing.
“I by no means must show something to anybody,” she mentioned. “I do know all of the work that I do with my staff behind the scenes.
“I do know there was quite a lot of speak in regards to the rating, however I did not play in any respect final yr and I did not enhance any of my factors by any means.
“Sure, I did not drop, however I did not enhance any. I did not play any in any respect. There have been women who had the possibility to enhance theirs, so I felt like I completely deserve my spot on the prime of the rankings.”
Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has held the No. 1 rating since September of that yr, regardless of skipping the rescheduled US and French Opens final yr to stay in Australia.
“The yr we had in 2019 was unimaginable, unimaginable for us, and, you realize, to have the ability to construct on that now for the reason that restart for us has been nice,” she mentioned. “We come out right here and do the very best that we will no matter what anybody is saying. So I by no means really feel like I’ve to show something to anybody.”
On those that imagine four-time Main winner Osaka must be forward of her, Barty added: “Everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion. That is completely nice. I am unable to management what anybody else thinks or says…
“It would not ever actually get to me. I imply, it is simply what folks say and I am unable to change their opinion, so it would not stress me out in any respect.”
She is now wanting ahead to a crowded schedule. She’s going to play the WTA occasion in Charleston this week as a part of preparations for the European clay-court swing, the place she’s going to play in Madrid, Stuttgart and Rome.
She’s going to then purpose to regain her French Open title at Roland Garros ought to the Grand Slam match happen.
“In 2019, all through every week that I performed, I felt like I obtained higher and higher on the clay and clearly grew in confidence and grew in expertise,” she mentioned. “If it seems we now have an incredible clay-court season, that is unbelievable, and if we do not, then it is not the tip of the world.”
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