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Back to drawing board for Barty after shock US Open loss


TOP-RANKED Ashleigh Barty crashed out of the US Open in the third round on Saturday, disappoint­ed but ready to put defeat behind her and start planning for what comes next.

The reigning Wimbledon champion won 11 of 14 games after dropping the first set, was then broken twice while serving for the match and eventually dropped a shocker to American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5).

“It’s never nice when you have a couple opportunit­ies to serve out a match and can’t get it done,” Barty said. “Six in the third is brutal. It’s a tough one to swallow.

“I found a way to really turn it in my favor and just wasn’t able to just quite finish off. It’s disappoint­ing but we’ll move on.”

The 25-year-old Australian fell one round shy of matching her deepest US Open run. It’s the only Slam where she hasn’t reached the semi-finals.

“I feel like the Slams you’re kind of building up to it and afterwards there’s a reset,” Barty said. “We reset now. We go back to the drawing board, work out what we want to do for the rest of the season.”

Barty has won titles this year in Miami, Melbourne, Stuttgart and Cincinnati as well as her second Grand Slam crown despite being away from her homeland since February.

“The last six months have been a roller coaster,” Barty said. “I’m proud of myself and my team for all the efforts we’ve put in. It has been pretty incredible. I don’t think we could have asked for much more honestly. I wouldn’t change a thing.

“With all of the tough moments we’ve had, it has created some of the most enjoyable experience­s. I’ve learned so much about myself, about them, the way that we work together. It’s been truly an incredible six months.” Barty said she took some positives from the match but won’t linger on the loss.

“There’s a lot that’s disappoint­ing, but a lot that’s positive,” she said. “Not a match I’ll dwell on for too long in the sense that there are so many ‘what ifs.’ Millimeter­s could have changed things.

“You accept that in tennis. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes and you move on it from it pretty quick.”

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