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12:00 AM, November 01, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:31 AM, November 01, 2020

Number one Barty back in the groove

World number one Ash Barty feels refreshed after a lengthy break from tennis due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the 24-year-old hopes the interval would prove a blessing as she returned to training to get ready for the home Australian summer.

The Queenslander did not play a match since February and opted not to defend her French Open title after also skipping the U.S. Open Grand Slam in New York.

She, however, will start the 2021 season as the top-ranked women's player after the WTA rankings system was adjusted due to the pandemic.

Barty recently reunited with her coach Craig Tyzzer, who was stranded in Victoria due to state border closures in Australia aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19, to begin preparations for the Australian Open in January.

"For me, it is a continuation of what we have been working on for the last two years," Barty told The Australian, adding that the training felt like Tyzzer "had never left".

"(Covid-19 has been) a massive punch in the face to think about your perspective and to think about the things that really matter to you on a personal level.

"The most challenging part (of tennis) is that we are never home for more than two or three weeks at a time, so to actually be able to have two or three months off at home (in a) forced break that hopefully becomes a blessing."

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