Barty confident ahead of clay season
Ashleigh Barty believes with enough hard work she will be able to challenge for victories on clay this season.
Barty wrapped up her hard-court season by winning the Miami Open last time out, beating Karolina Pliskova in the final, and her impressive season to date has seen her climb to a career-high nine in the WTA rankings.
The Australian, who will spearhead her country's Fed Cup semi-final later this month, is now turning her attention to the clay-court events and a successful run at the French Open is being targeted.
Despite never making it past the second round at Roland Garros in the singles, the 22-year-old is convinced she can adapt to the red dirt as long as she continues to work hard on the surface.
"I think I have the game on clay to be able to do some damage, I just have to continue to learn how to use it properly," she was quoted as saying by tennisworldusa.org.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.