Ashleigh Barty on getting bagelled in Madrid Open first set: ‘I can guarantee it’s going to happen again’
Getting bagelled is not something that happens to Ashleigh Barty very often, but the world No 1 was not too concerned about losing a set 6-0 against Aryna Sabalenka in the Madrid Open final.
It was the first time in four years that Barty failed to get on the scoreboard in a set as world No 7 Sabalenka overpowered her in the opener at Caja Mágica.
Barty went into the Madrid showpiece match on Saturday having not been bagelled in four years while over the course of her career she only lost a set 6-0 on eight occasions.
— wta (@WTA) May 8, 2021
But Sabalenka joined Olivia Rogowska, Mona Barthel, Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2), Stéphanie Foretz and Garbiñe Muguruza on the list of players to have achieved the feat.
The Australian, though, was not too perturbed about failing to win a game in the opening set.
“It’s happened to me before. I can guarantee it’s going to happen again,” Barty said. “She takes the ball out of my court, essentially takes the racquet out of my hand when she serves the way she did in the first set.
“There wasn’t much in it. We both had two or three breakpoints in that third set; she grabbed her opportunity, I didn’t grab mine. Not a lot in that match at all.”
Barty, who has won the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami Open and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix titles this season, was also pleased with her efforts in the final.
She added: “There’s certainly no shame in losing a close one to a top-10 player. I have absolutely no shame about that, no regrets.
“I’m really proud of the time we’ve had since we’ve been away. It’s been a great start. We look to bigger and better things.”
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