Barty pleased with clay transition

08 April 2021 21:40:32 GMTPlus10

Ashleigh Barty has claimed she "felt great" after her straight-sets win over Misaki Doi upon her transition to the clay surface at the WTA Charleston this week.

World number one Barty is fresh from winning the Miami Open on hard floor earlier this month, beating Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the final in Florida.

And the Australian is pleased with how she performed in her first game back on the clay courts, beating world number 77 Doi 6-2 6-1 in a round-of-32 encounter lasting just over an hour.

Barty last appeared on clay back in the 2019 French Open final, when she defeated Marketa Vondrousova to win the first and only Grand Slam title of her career.

Top seed Barty will now move into the round of 16, where she will take on unseeded American Shelby Rogers for a place in the competition's quarter-finals.

And Barty, who made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2020, believes that in moving from the Miami Open to the WTA Charleston, she has found the ideal balance between giving her body rest and adapting to a new surface quickly.

Speaking after the win, Barty said: "I had to use it as an opportunity to try and build some comfort.

"I think having a couple days between Miami and playing this first match was important, to have my body rest, but to also try and prepare to change surfaces.

"It was a very quick turnaround, but I felt great out there tonight."

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty is 2.00 to win the WTA Charleston.

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