Ash Barty shrugged off her quarter-final loss to Paula Badosa, with the world No. 1 Australian content to get on with her clay campaign after exiting the Charleston WTA event.

Barty went down 6-3, 6-3 to the 71st-ranked New York-born Spaniard who won the French Open juniors six years ago.

Top seed Barty said her focus will now turn to a few days of downtime before she and her coaches make their way across the Atlantic to set up for her debut at the Porsche tournament in Stuttgart which begins in nine days.

“It will be nice to have a few rest days, I’ve not stopped since Miami,” Barty said after Badosa saved 12 of 14 break points in the winning effort.

“It will be a time to freshen up. The European red clay is almost like the start of a new season – clean palette and here we go again.”

Barty said she got almost all she wanted out of the three Charleston matches which marked the return of the 2019 Roland Garros champion to clay after two years due to the COVID pandemic.

“Just because all of the seeds are out, it means little. There is nothing certain in sport.

“Everyone playing is a professional athlete who knows how to go about her business. There are a hell of a lot of good players.

“I respect all of my opponents and I have to play at my best every time to match it with them.”

Barty was quick to analyse her defeat: This came as a result of the last three weeks and playing a lot of matches,” last weekend’s Miami repeat champion said.

“I tried to play super aggressive but perhaps I took too many risks. 

“I wasn’t quite able to get it over the line but this was a positive start hopefully a lot of success this season.”


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