Since last year, the WTA circuit has experienced a revival which is pleasing to see. Indeed, the level has increased at all levels if we are to believe the results of the players in major events. We often find the same players competing for the big trophies and recently, an expert in the genre, former number 1 Ashleigh Barty, who retired at the top last year, was keen to pay tribute to this increase in level.
In recent years, as the Big 3 continued to dazzle the world, le circuit WTA suffered a little from the comparison and a lot of criticism was expressed about the irregularity of the best in the world. At present, the situation has reversed a little since last year thanks to a style of play which has evolved.
A rediscovered regularity
For a few years, the women’s circuit struggled to find its next queen. With the pregnancy of Serena Williamswho never managed to dominate the circuit like she did before, many players tried. Naomi Osaka seemed well on her way to becoming the boss, just like Ashleigh Barty, who completely retired at just 25 years old! The Australian, an expert in the field of variation, dominated the circuit thanks to this very particular style of play which allowed her to win theAustralian Open, Roland-Garros et Wimbledon.
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Variation, the key
It should perhaps be noted that the performance ofAshleigh Barty inspired many players. Today, there are many more players capable of varying at the top of the rankings. If Every Swiatek just gave up his place to Aryna Sabalenka at the top, the Belarusian is also able to adapt despite her characteristic great power. In addition, the surprises coming from nowhere are a little less present even if the victory of Marketa Vondrousova has Wimbledonnow 6th in the world, is certainly not the result of chance given his game in variations.
An evolving level
Invited to speak about the situation in an Australian media, Ashleigh Barty wanted to pay tribute to the growing level in recent times. “It takes time to understand how they think they can fit in, how they think they can progress in their game. I’m excited to see where they can go in the next five to 10 years.” The game has adapted, it has developed, you can see there is more mixing in the Top 10 of the WTA rankings. I believe in women who are able to use different styles of play” she declared.