Ash Barty will slowly build for her return to Roland Garros next month with the world No. 1 taking baby steps this week as top seed on green clay in Charleston.
The hybrid American stuff is unlike the classic Europe red standard, but will have to do as last weekend’s Miami champion begins the run-up to the French Open start on May 23.
Barty says she considers green as a “halfway house” between hardcourt and Euro-red.
“It will be an adjustment without a doubt,” the Australian world No. 1 said on Monday. “You can move like on a hard court but also start to slide as well.
“I have to be patient this week,I can’t necessarily expect to be playing my best clay tennis straightaway.
“But this should be a fun week, it’s a time to experiment with your clay tennis.”
Though the Queenslander did not travel to Paris last October to defend her 2019 Roland Garros title, Barty says her excitement is growing for the Grand Slam.
“We have what, four or five weeks (six, actually) before Roland Garros,” she said. “That’s time to build experience and confidence and adjust to the clay.
“This part of the season is definitely a challenge for me. But I’m excited to get back to Roland Garros and walk onto the site for the first time since 2019.”
Main photo:- Ash Barty winning the Miami Open by WTATennis.com