Barty’s coach’s stunning call at the US Open | Bega District News

Ash Barty’s coach has sensationally drawn a line through his superstar charge’s chances of completing a coveted career grand slam unless US Open officials change the balls. Barty’s decisive triumph at the Australian Open on Saturday earned the world No. 1 her third career major following French Open glory in 2019 and the magical run at Wimbledon last year. After defeating American Danielle Collins 6-3 7-6 (7-2) in a decisive match at Melbourne Park, the US Open is now the only remaining slam to elude Barty. But despite joining the legendary Serena Williams as the only active player to have won major clay, grass and hardcourt tournaments with her home breakthrough, Barty cannot claim the title in New York in the current playing conditions. In any case, this is the verdict of his trusted mentor, Craig Tyzzer. Barty suffered a shock third-round loss to world No. 43 Shelby Rogers at Flushing Meadows last September in what turned out to be the Queenslander’s only defeat in his last 19 hard-court outings. The world No. 1 also won prestigious surface events in Miami and Cincinnati as well last year and Tyzzer says her early exit from Flushing Meadows was no coincidence. “The US Open really needs to change the ball for the girls. The fact that they always use a different ball for the guys and the girls, that’s a terrible ball for someone like Ash,” Tyzzer said on Saturday night. . “Even in Cincinnati, when they use the US Open ball on the outside, she could actually get loft off the court.” “But the ball itself is so light. It was the only tournament last year and really for two years where she uses a gut (strings) racquet but I had to change it to poly just to get a sort of ball control.”If they keep the same ball, no one like Ash will win this tournament.”With no disrespect to the two shock finalists, British qualifier Emma Radacanu and unseeded Canadian Leylah Fernandez, Tyzzer said that he wasn’t the least bit surprised to see an unseeded final in New York last September.”You see the result at the US Open, it was two players who, you say, ‘Wow , it was, two different players won that?’ There are no surprises when the ball is the way it is,” he said. “And I don’t know why it’s the only tournament that has a separate ball for boys and girls. So if they don’t change the balls, she (Barty) won’t win the US Open.” Australian Associated Press

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