The 24-year-old Australian star drew attention to her determination to be a force with a 6-3, 4- this season 0 win when Andreescu was eliminated in the second set with a foot injury

Barty – who had already been insured, at her No. 1 rank ahead of Saturday’s final – was snapped by some players because of their continued presence at the top

The Queenslander has benefited from an optimization of the ranking calculation, which takes into account the disruption caused by the shutdown of the pandemic last year

However, Barty shook off criticism on Saturday after her victory in Miami, declining a suggestion that her most recent title “proved” that she was her No. earned1 status

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” said Barty. “I know all the work I do behind the scenes with my team

“I know there has been a lot of talk about the leaderboard, but I didn’t play at all last year and I didn’t improve any of my points”

“Yeah, I didn’t fall, but I didn’t improve. I didn’t play any. There were girls who had a chance to improve theirs so I felt like I really got my place at the top of the leaderboard earned ”

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Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has been ranked No. 1 since September of this year, despite skipping the newly scheduled US and French openings in 2020 to stay in Australia

“2019 has been amazing, amazing for us, and you know we can build on it now since the restart has been great for us,” said Barty

“We get out of here and do our best no matter what anyone says, so I never feel like I have to prove anything to anyone”

Barty added that she was unimpressed by critics who pointed out Naomi Osaka – winner of last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open – # 1 status

“Everyone has the right to their own opinion That’s absolutely fine. I can’t control what others think or say I think we deserve to be at the top of the ranking,” she said

“It never really comes down to me I mean, it’s exactly what people are saying and I can’t change their minds so it doesn’t bother me at all”

Barty, who chose to stay in Australia after the WTA season resumed after the pandemic shut down last year, is now looking forward to a crowded schedule

She will play the WTA event in Charleston next week to prepare for the European clay court season There she will play in Madrid, Stuttgart and Rome before trying to win back her French Open title at Roland Garros

“In 2019 I felt like every week I played I was getting better and better on the sand, obviously increasing in confidence and experience,” Barty said, “when it turns out that we are having a great clay court season it’s fantastic, and if we don’t, it’s not the end of the world””

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World news – AU – Miami Open 2021: Australian tennis star Ash Barty wins the final against Bianca Andreescu