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Tennis:In-form Barty prepared for US Open success

Australian Ash Barty appears primed to be the most consistent women’s number one since Serena Williams as she heads into the U.S. Open, while Naomi Osaka faces a difficult challenge in her title defence with a handful of contenders vying for their first Grand Slam title.

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova and 23-year-old Aryna Sabalenka are seen as potential threats to rattle the field, even though Barty will be rolling into Flushing Meadows on a wave of momentum.

Barty faced questions at the start of 2021 when she returned to competitive tennis having not played a match for 11 months but still holding the top women’s singles ranking during last year’s COVID-disrupted season.

The 25-year-old Queenslander has laid all those doubts to rest with a tour-leading five WTA titles in 2021, including her second major title overall at Wimbledon, cementing her spot at the top and…

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