French Open: Ashleigh Barty says being tired meant she was doing something right

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty says fatigue was a “good problem” to have since it meant she was going deep in a run of tournaments.

Since leaving Australia in March for the first time in more than a year, Barty has won the Miami Open, reached the quarters in Charleston, beat Aryna Sabalenka in the Stuttgart final before reaching the decider at the Madrid WTA 1000 event.

The 25-year-old, who is building towards the French Open at the end of the month, also won the doubles with American Jennifer Brady at the WTA 500 event in Stuttgart.

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After losing to Belarusian Sabalenka in Madrid on Saturday, Barty said being tired meant she was doing something right.

“It’s a good problem to have,” she said.

“I think any time you can play a lot of matches and a lot of tennis, it means you’re putting yourself out there over and over again. Of course there was a little bit of fatigue.

“I’m really proud of the week, kind of the month we’ve had since we’ve been away. It’s been a great start. We look to bigger and better things.”

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Barty flew straight to Rome for another WTA 1000 event this week after losing to Sabalenka in the Madrid Open final at the weekend.

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She will then shift focus to Roland Garros, where she won her only Grand Slam title in 2019 but did not defend last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m always proud at the end of every tournament. I think whenever you have an opportunity to leave the tournament with a smile, that’s always a good thing,” Barty said.

“I feel like we have another opportunity in Rome to try do the best we can there. Then we just reset and focus for Roland Garros.”

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