It's onto the clay in Charleston for Barty and co…

Barty’s ranking at the top of the game remains secure until at least Madrid, and she is looking at making the quick transition to clay with her eye firmly on building towards Paris, where she won her only Grand Slam title two years ago.

While the top 8 seeds all receive byes in the first round, the 56-draw opens on Monday with Amanda Anisimova and Elena Rybakina headlining the order of play.

The American reached the Roland Garros final last year, but lost to Iga Swiatek, 6-4 6-1, and is sure to face challenges in her quarter, which includes 7th seed Mertens, 12th seed Ons Jabeur, Roland Garros quarter-finalist Martina Trevisan, Camila Giorgi, Aliza Cornet and 17-year-old Gauff, who is making her tournament debut.

Getting back to Barty, her win on Sunday was slightly marred by Bianca Andreescu’s unfortunate injury that forced the Canadian to retire when the Aussie lead 6-3, 4-0.

After a 48-hour journey with her coach Craig Tyzzer from Brisbane to Miami, Barty faced a match point right out of the box but survived the queasy moment against qualifier Kristina Kucova before knocking off 3 consecutive top 10 players – Aryna Sabalenka, Elina Svitolina and Andreescu.

Barty has an ambitious schedule in the months ahead, including the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, and she is prepared to stay out on the road for the entire season.

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