June 12, 2024

Open Court


Vid: No. 1 Ashleigh Barty “just chipping away”

TORONTO – The WTA’s No. 1 is a French Open champion.

But Ashleigh Barty said Sunday that her day-to-day life hasn’t changed at all. 

The work is the same. The mindset is the game. It’s just that the goals have been adjusted upwards a little bit.

The No. 1 ranking is in play again at this Rogers Cup, where the main draw begins Monday with notable former No. 1s Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki scheduled to play.

For Barty, Monday will mark the seventh straight week she holds the top spot. She began the season at No. 15. And then she went from No. 8 to No. 2 after winning in Paris. After holding that spot for two weeks, she hit the top.

But per the WTA Tour website, there are two others who have a shot.

Naomi Osaka needs to go one round further than Barty to pass her. But Karolina Pliskova, who is in the same half as Barty, can muddy the waters. The Czech has to reach at least the semifinals. But even if she does, she would have to win the title if either Osaka or Barty reaches the semis.

On paper, if both Pliskova and Barty reach the semis, they would play each other in what could be a pretty fascinating showdown.


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