Ashleigh Barty insisted she is a worthy world primary on Saturday after defeating Bianca Andreescu to retain her Miami Open crown.
The 24-year-old Australian star served discover of her dedication to be a drive this season with a 6-3, 4-0 victory as Andreescu retired with a foot harm within the second set.
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 at high spot.
The Queenslander has benefited from a tweak into the best way rankings are calculated which takes into consideration the disruption attributable to final yr’s pandemic shutdown.
Nonetheless, Barty shrugged off the criticism on Saturday 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,” Barty mentioned. “I do know all of the work that I do with my group behind the scenes.
“I do know there was plenty of discuss in regards to the rating, however I didn’t play in any respect final yr and I didn’t enhance any of my factors in any way.
“Sure, I didn’t drop, however I didn’t enhance any. I didn’t play any in any respect. There have been ladies who had the possibility to enhance theirs, so I felt like I totally deserve my spot on the high of the rankings.”
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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 in 2020 to stay in Australia.
“The yr we had in 2019 was unbelievable, unbelievable for us, and, you understand, to have the ability to construct on that now because the restart for us has been nice,” Barty mentioned.
“We come out right here and do the most effective that we will no matter what anybody is saying. So I by no means really feel like I’ve to show something to anybody.”
Barty added that she was unfazed by critics who’ve instructed that Naomi Osaka — winner of final yr’s US Open and this yr’s Australian Open — was extra deserving of No.1 standing.
“Everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion. That’s completely positive. I can’t management what anybody else thinks or what anybody else says. I really feel like we need to be high of the rankings,” she mentioned.
“It doesn’t ever actually get to me. I imply, it’s simply what folks say and I can’t change their opinion, so it doesn’t stress me out in any respect.”
Barty, who opted to stay in Australia final yr after the WTA season resumed following the pandemic shutdown, is now trying ahead to a crowded schedule.
She’s going to play the WTA occasion in Charleston subsequent week as a part of preparations for the European clay court docket season the place she is going to play in Madrid, Stuttgart and Rome earlier than aiming to regain her French Open title at Roland Garros.
“In 2019 all through every week that I performed, I felt like I received higher and higher on the clay and clearly grew in confidence and grew in expertise,” Barty mentioned. “If it seems we now have a terrific clay court docket season, that’s unbelievable, and if we don’t, then it’s not the top of the world.”