Ashleigh Barty has invited Bianca Andreescu’s breathtaking rise as a risk to her reality No.1 status and expectations the team can manufacture a competition that suffers for a considerable length of time to come.
Barty will authoritatively recapture top spot in the rankings on Monday subsequent to getting a charge out of an excellent season featured by French Open wonder in May, in addition to titles in Miami and Birmingham and appearances in the second week at all four majors just because.
There could be more to come, with the 23-year-old plan on driving Australia to an originally Fed Cup trophy since 1974 in the November 9-10 last against France in Perth.
On an individual level, Barty is in survey position to complete as Australia’s first year-end world No.1 since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
“If they both happen, or neither happen, it’s not going to change the way that I relax, the way that I stay with my family, the way my family thinks of me,” said the humble star.
“They are all little things that you can look forward to, but they don’t really define you and it’s certainly not what I want to be remembered by.”
As she frequently says, Barty adores the battle, the one-on-one battle that tennis offers and which cricket doesn’t.
It’s the reason she come back to her first wear three years prior after an appearance with Brisbane Heat in the WBBL in 2015-16.
Furthermore, with Andreescu soaring from 178th in the rankings at season’s beginning to No.5 in the wake of going unbeaten in 34 of 35 finished matches since January, Barty is anticipating dueling with the recently delegated US Open victor for tennis’ greatest prizes.
“It’s incredible to see some of the tennis she’s played and some of the wins that she’s had,” Barty said of the Canadian adolescent.
“It’s been very much a fairytale, magical type of year for her and she’s the ultimate competitor. She’s proven that time and time again and that’s one of the best assets you can get in a champion.”
Barty confesses to having not yet observed enough of Andreescu to detail a course of action to battle the 19-year-old sensation.
Yet, she will.
“I’d love to play her and I’d love to test myself against her to see why and how she presents so many challenges and why she’s winning all these matches and is as good as she is,” Barty said.
“I’d love that challenge. I’m sure we’ll cross paths eventually, hopefully more than once.”
With an equivalent visit best 46 successes in 2019, Barty doesn’t feel she needs to approve her ascent to the highest point of the rankings for the second time this season in spite of falling in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.
“I have done the work and I feel like a ranking is a true reflection of where you are at,” she said subsequent to losing Sunday’s US Open duplicates last with Victoria Azarenka to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka.
“It requires you to be consistent, to build up your ranking and to kind of get higher and higher, lower and lower, but the challenge of playing the best in the world is always the greatest challenge.
“That’s why we play this game, to test ourselves against the very best.”