Rain plagues Barty’s opening match in Cincinnati

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MASON, Ohio — One lengthy layoff was no downside for Ash Barty. She’s acquired this yr’s Wimbledon championship to show it.

She’s hoping to reply as nicely to a different delay.

The highest-ranked Barty’s second-round match within the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday was postponed after two rain delays totaling 5 hours pushed again the schedule within the second full day of play. The match in opposition to qualifier Heather Watson would’ve been her first motion in additional than three weeks since she misplaced within the first spherical on the Tokyo Olympics.

Barty began her run at Wimbledon after being sidelined for 5 weeks with a hip harm she suffered throughout her second-round match on the French Open. The Australian sailed by way of the draw on the All England Membership, dropping simply two units — each in tiebreakers and one within the last — as she captured her second Grand Slam title.

Since then, Barty’s solely aggressive match has been her loss in Tokyo.

Barty, who traveled along with her crew to the Bahamas to coach for the Olympics, was trying ahead to this week’s match, if solely to get acclimated to enjoying on arduous courts within the sizzling, humid circumstances she’s more likely to face on the upcoming U.S. Open.

“I believe I am trying ahead to now altering again to arduous courts and type of looking for some rhythm and a few groove, which it feels prefer it’s been a very long time since I’ve performed on arduous courts,” Barty stated. “Actually, I imply Miami [in March] was my final hard-court match, and the circumstances there are vastly completely different to right here, so I believe it will take a while to regulate, for sure, however we’ll simply preserve chipping away and get ourselves one of the best probability each match.”

Barty, who acquired a first-round bye, stated earlier than the match that she’s nonetheless processing her title at Wimbledon.

“I believe I used to be nonetheless attempting to understand in my mind what we had been capable of obtain as a crew, and notably the adversity we went by way of in between type of the French Open interval and thru Wimbledon,” she stated. “I believe we nonetheless have not sat down as a crew and actually talked by way of that. I believe that is going to be a extremely satisfying dialog that is going to in all probability deliver up a number of laughter and a number of our good instances. I believe that is going to be an essential a part of my yr, after we truly get an opportunity to try this.

“In the intervening time, I am excited to have one other probability to play right here in Cincy, to get to New York and to play there.”

Amongst Tuesday’s first-round winners had been two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep and Coco Gauff on the ladies’s facet and Grigor Dimitrov, a former males’s champion in Cincinnati. Gauff is scheduled to face second-ranked Naomi Osaka within the second spherical.

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