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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

Barty took a break for cricket, maybe she dealt with her ghosts maybe that's why it seems as if she has a good head on her shoulders. It's always good to reflect and refocus. I wonder if Noami even had time off, from signing deals and tennis.
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Barty took a break for cricket, maybe she dealt with her ghosts maybe that's why it seems as if she has a good head on her shoulders. It's always to reflect and refocus. I wonder if Noami even had time off, from signing deals and tennis.
Sje really needs the time off.
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Barty's the favorite, for sure. And it would perhaps be eyebrow raising if she fails to win it. She's lost only one match in over eight months to a player ranked below her.

Of the players left in the draw, I only see three that would be acceptable losses:

Venus could be a threat if she's zoning, but that hasn't happened in a while.

If the Latviathan shows up with a first serve and isn't hitting wildly, she could be trouble in the final, too.

And Goerges, who both knows how to play on grass, knows Barty's game (doubles partners, have trained together), and seems on one of her annual upswings could be trouble, too.

But a loss to anyone else would be a pretty significant upset, and an indication the pressure got to her. I don't think it will, or it is. She really seems to have a sense of one match at a time and all that.

This is a weird thought: about a year ago, Jon Wertheim had Jared Donaldson on his podcast, and he made an interesting point about improvement: you can't be focused on "I want to win more matches" or "I want to win more points each match", because those are out of your control. But if you focus on marginal improvements to each area of your game ("I want to hit my forehand 5 kph faster, I want to hit my kick serve with 5% more rpms, I want to hit slice backhands with a 5% lower bounce", etc.) you actually can train for that. Barty seems to embody that more than any player I've seen in ages.

And more than the purely technical, training-based improvements, she seems to have improved her point-to-point, game-to-game focus in the past year.

I think that Kasatkina loss really shook her awake a bit. Good for all of us.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

Right now Barty is physically and mentally player with the biggest confidence and still rising.

No other girl is close.

Of course this does not mean she would dominate the tour... yet. She is still finding her margins and her game is evolving... and that is fascinating thing, we still did not see her fullest peak... which is insane and great thing both at the same time.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

With Osaka out, now Barty's running alone for the number 1.
3 wins in the next 3 matches would mean that next Monday she'll be the new WTA's no.1!
The crown is hers to win ...or lose.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

Barty seems dependable and one who could potentially stay cool-headed and consistent enough to hold that top spot for a prolonged amount of time, and not lose focus, if she gets there. Everyone else near the top currently is either too much of a headcase or too inconsistent. Osaka winning two slams in a row certainly helped her stay there because her results this year have been pretty poor otherwise, and she'll be defending one of those slams soon enough.

I for one wouldn't mind Barty getting that top spot. She's a fighter and has a good head on her shoulders.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

If there are persons for which it's not clear, Barty will be #1 now, if she wins the title.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

Funny that even if Ash won singles/doubles in Birmingham straight after her RG victory, plenty on here would still be saying 'she's not good enough to be #1', 'who has she beaten?', 'her backhand is awful' etc etc
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Funny that even if Ash won singles/doubles in Birmingham straight after her RG victory, plenty on here would still be saying 'she's not good enough to be #1', 'who has she beaten?', 'her backhand is awful' etc etc <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" />
For me she is playing more like a number 1 than osaka. Kvitova is another one, sadly she injured. Osaka’s matches this year even at the aussie open has been about her opponents getting tight and then giving her rhythm. She hasnt really taken matches from her opponents. I am all for winning ugly but if that is in almost every match there is something wrong.
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Re: Battle for WTA #1 in Birmingham || Osaka vs. Barty || chart with scenarios

To be honest, we've seen all these talks about how people who are having their best year so far and very close to #1 for the first time being called, "the most consistent so far", "she'll be different from the reigning 1", "she has the coolest demeanor on court, unless injured she'll be a stable #1" and all the other version of these. UNTIL they flopped the next year and another new rising player came up.

Barty is still no exception at this point. But if somehow she remains in the top 4-5 for the next 2 years, then it's justified and bravo for her.
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Barty is 2 wins away now.

If makes the final and loses, it must be some kind of curse regarding those battles for #1 .
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One win away now.
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Ash will lose and be 3 points away and it continue.

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