Barty arrives cold at Wimbledon after hip problem

MELBOURNE: World number 1 Ash Barty is favorites to win her first Wimbledon title next week, but will have to overcome a lack of grass training and a worrying string of injuries as the Grand Slam approaches.

The Australian French Open was derailed by an acute hip problem suffered in training which forced her to retire in the second round against Magda Linette.

The “entirely new injury” to her left hip, as Barty called it, followed a recurrent surge of muscle tension in her service arm that forced her to withdraw from the quarterfinals of the Open. Italy.

Injuries put a damper on a brilliant clay run and kept Barty from warming up for Wimbledon in one of the turf tournaments.

Barty’s management said Reuters The 25-year-old’s physical condition was improving “day by day” and she was on track to resume competition at Wimbledon.

If her body stands up and she can string together confidence wins in the opening laps, Barty will be hard to beat on her favorite surface.

Boasting all-court play packed with heavy groundstrokes, a skillful backhand and exceptional net play from a long-standing love for doubles, the Aussie is made for grass .

However, she has yet to go deeper at Wimbledon, despite surface titles in Birmingham (2019) and Nottingham (2018).

Her fourth-round effort in 2019 as a seed was her best run at the All England Club, but ended in a disappointment at the hands of unranked American Alison Riske, who ended the streak of Barty’s 15 straight wins in one of the tournament’s biggest upheavals.

While having little fear of the Top 10 opponents, Barty has shown himself sensitive to courageous underdogs like Riske who knocked him off the pace with raw aggression.

Unannounced Czech Karolina Muchova proved her nemesis in the Australian Open quarter-finals in February, a year after a young Sofia Kenin surprised the home favorite in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Barty hopes to become only the third Australian to win Wimbledon after Margaret Court (1963, 1965, 1970) and Evonne Goolagong (1971, 1980).

John Newcombe, who swept the Wimbledon singles in 1971 with compatriot Goolagong 50 years ago, said Barty had to avoid getting into a defensive shell when under fire to increase his chances of success.

“Ash is the best volleyball player in women’s tennis,” said the former world number one. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion told Australian media.

“That’s why when I watch TV, I’m like ‘Ash, get in the damn net’.

“I find that if she stays behind the baseline and plays her defensive game, it’s not as good… So I just hope she plays aggressively and positively.”

– Reuters

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