I always kind of felt like I can play with the best

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday April 19, 2021

After claiming her maiden title in Charleston, 25-year-old Australian Astra Sharma says she is extra comfy dealing with the highest gamers on the ladies’s tour lately.

“Look, I’ve at all times sort of felt like I can play with the very best, I feel my outcomes did not present it,” she instructed Tennis Now after notching her finest profession win by rating over World No.27 Ons Jabeur, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 within the MUSC Well being Girls’s Open closing.

“I at all times felt like in follow I’d play actually nice and be like ‘I can do that, I can match them,'” Sharma stated, “but it surely wasn’t constant and it wasn’t on a regular basis, and these women they present up like that day in and time out, each event, so I knew the subsequent step is enjoying not only one sport, two video games, one set, it is enjoying a complete match after which backing it up, and that is what I am actually happy with this week, that I had match after match that was top quality.”

Sharma, a former NCAA tennis star at Vanderbilt, jumps to 120 within the rankings together with her victory, from 165 (career-high 85). She was a finalist on the WTA Tour two years in the past at Bogota.

Sharma now owns 12 High 100 wins, however earlier than her conflict on Sunday with Ons Jabeur, she had by no means overwhelmed a participant ranked increased than 50.

She needed to be extremely resilient, and climate an early storm from Jabeur to win the title.

“I assumed Ons performed an incredible first set, I did not know actually what to do,” she stated. “She was wrong-footing me, she was drop-shotting me, she was simply making me cowl plenty of court docket and I could not actually learn what she was doing, and I simply thought: ‘That is too good from her, if she will hold pulling off these actually good pictures than no matter, however possibly if I simply hold competing, hold displaying up, hold doing the precise issues, these are actually inherently fairly difficult pictures, so possibly she’ll waver right here and there and I am going to get a chance to get it nearer. In order that was actually my mindset, simply hopefully I can hold urgent her and make her provide you with these unimaginable pictures, and if she does she deserves to win.”

Sharma stated she simply saved battling and finally discovered a option to earn probabilities, which she made essentially the most of.

“I feel within the second set I managed to get somewhat sniff after which by the third set it was scorching, it was humid, I feel I used to be somewhat bit extra energetic than her and my depth was nonetheless the identical so I feel that was what finally gave me the lead,” she stated.

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