As tennis returns to SW19 after two years, top seed Ashleigh Barty is prepared to begin her 2021 Wimbledon campaign.
The Australian has already had a lot of success this season, winning three WTA titles and securing her spot as the World No. 1 in the process.
However, she suffered a shoulder injury in Rome, forcing her to retire from the second round of Roland Garros in the middle of the match.
Barty hasn’t played a match since then, and she’ll be making her Wimbledon debut without having played any official grass-court matches.
Nonetheless, Barty has his sights set on the All England Club’s grand prize. The World No. 1 spoke about her desire of one day holding the Venus Rosewater Dish during her pre-tournament press conference on Saturday.
“I’d like to be the champion here one day. It’s a fantasy. It’s a target, “Barty remarked. “Dreams don’t always come true, but you can fight for them and do everything you can to make them come true.”
The Australian also discussed her rehab process before discussing how she feels about the transition from clay to grass.
“I feel like I’m in good shape,” Barty said. “I’m ready to play, and I’m excited to play.” “Following Paris, there was obviously some time for us to process what had happened. We required a complete diagnosis. We were able to accomplish this, which is an extremely important aspect of my rehabilitation.”
“We were able to complete the rehab, do what we needed to do, and give ourselves the best chance to play here at Wimbledon,” she added. “I’m all set to go.”
Evonne Goolagong, Ashleigh Barty’s countrywoman and mentor, was a source of motivation for her. The 50th anniversary of Goolagong’s 1971 Wimbledon victory will be celebrated in 2021.
“It’s a really special anniversary for a lot of Australians, but for indigenous Australians in particular I think this is a really special one,” Barty said.
“We were able to finish rehab, do everything we needed to do, and give ourselves the best chance to play here at Wimbledon,” she continued. “I’m ready to go.”
Ashleigh Barty’s countrywoman and mentor, Evonne Goolagong, was a source of inspiration for her. In 2021, the 50th anniversary of Goolagong’s Wimbledon victory in 1971 will be commemorated.
“It’s a pretty special anniversary for a lot of Australians, but I believe it’s especially special for indigenous Australians,” Barty said.
This #Wimbledon @FILAtennis honoring Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s 50th anniversary win by recreating her dress for world No.1 @ashbarty— Tim Newcomb (@tdnewcomb) June 24, 2021
Barty: ‘Her inspiring career has paved the way for young Indigenous women. It is my honor’
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