Madrid Masters finalist Ash Barty will travel to Rome still full of confidence despite taking a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 loss in the final in Madrid to Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday.

The Australian who accepts the ebbs and flows of the Tour as they come, had few worries despite seeing the end of a 16-match win streak on clay which also included the Stuttgart title on her tournament debut.

“Playing a lot of matches is a good problem to have,” the world No. 1 said. “I’ll have another opportunity next week in Rome  to play and then focus on Roland Garros.

“There’s no extra planning involved – it’s just one week at a time.”

Barty and her Belarus opponent were playing for the third time this season, with the Aussie also winning a Miami quarter-final.

 “I have no regrets though there are a few moments in the match I’d like to take back,” she said. “But I don’t worry about any decisions I’ve made.

“I left it all on the court today, it was just not quite enough. I’m happy I was able to find a way back in the second set.”


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