Barty reacts to thrashing Rybakina in Adelaide final – “My serve has been a real weapon”

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty reacted to thrashing Elena Rybakina for the Adelaide title, having beaten her convincingly to win.

Barty put in an absolutely dominant performance and crushed Rybakina 6-3 6-2. With the win, she won the first title of the season. Earlier, the champion had lost a set to Cori Gauff in the first match of the tournament, but recovered to win three consecutive matches in straight sets.

Barty reacted to thrashing Rybakina for her Adelaide title, saying that she was on a roll once the momentum was on her side.

“We’ve obviously had a brilliant week, been able to work progressively through each match,” she said after the match, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

“I got better and better. I felt like today there were really a few key moments early in the first set to gain momentum.

“I was really happy to be able to get a couple of early breaks in the second and run away with it. I probably felt like overall this week my serve has been a real weapon.

“I felt like I struggled with rhythm early on in the week and I’ve been able to progressively get better and better. To go a few matches unbroken is really good.”

Ashleigh Barty reacts to destroying Elena Rybakina for Adelaide title
Barty (pictured) won her first title this season. Source: tennisworldusa.org

Double champion

“I feel good leading up to an Australian Open like I have every year,” she continued.

“Each and every preparation is unique, each and every preparation is different. So we take it for what comes and what it is, move on, try and do the best that we can in every opportunity, whether that’s here in Adelaide or it’s in Melbourne.

“It has absolutely no effect on the way that I prepare or the way I’m thinking leading forward just because it’s a Grand Slam. Doesn’t change for us. We look forward, we do what we can, then we see how we go.”

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