load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);SPORT / MISCELLANYAustralia’s Ashleigh Barty sees Roland Garros return as a ‘fresh start’By AFP Published: Apr 20, 2021 04:43 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);As former champion Ashleigh Barty prepares for Roland ­Garros on May 30, the Australian brushed off any regrets about missing the French Open last year.She won her only major singles title in Paris in 2019 but after the 2020 event was postponed to September/October she chose not to attend due to issues related to the pandemic.”Its a long time since Ive played at the French Open,” she said in Stuttgart on Monday, ahead of her first match on European clay in almost two years. In her absence the 2020 womens Roland Garros title was won by Iga Swiatek. The Polish teenager burst onto the tennis scene when she claimed the French crown, defeating then world No.6 Sofia Kenin in the final.But Barty said 2021 would be an all-round reset. “Its a fresh start, a fresh start for everyone at that event.”She made clear that her approach was also practical. “Its a fresh tournament, and its a new opportunity.”The 24-year-old Barty and American Jennifer Brady crushed American pair Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria 6-3, 6-1 in the Stuttgart doubles round of 16 on Monday.Barty received a bye to the singles second round, where she will face one of two Germans, either Laura Siegemund or Mona Barthel.After Stuttgart she plans to play on clay in Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros.She opened her clay-court season by reaching the quarterfinals in Charleston, South Carolina, at the start of April.Even though she skipped much of last season, she is ranked No.1 in the world and won the hard-court Miami Open which preceded Charleston, but she was cagey about her form.Barty, who is from Queensland, took a break last year to avoid travelling during the pandemic.She has in the past talked of homesickness, and moving between North America and Europe due to the season is keeping her far from home.”Part and parcel of travelling is being comfortable away from home or as comfortable as you can be,” she said. “Obviously Im a homebody. I love being at home with my family,” she said, adding that she tries to speak to them as much as possible.”I love what I do. Im extremely grateful for the opportunity to do what I love in the current situation in the world.”load_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);RELATED ARTICLES Barty, Medvedev march onWorld No.1 Ashleigh Barty advanced to the semifinals of the Miami Open on Tuesday as Russian top seed … Barty advances in MiamiWorld No.1 Ashleigh Barty looked sharp in a straight-set victory over Jelena Ostapenko Saturday at the Miami Open, … Barty on the road againWorld No.1 Ashleigh Barty is preparing to spend the rest of the season on the road as she …load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1221545;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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