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Ashleigh Barty and Iga Swiatek ready to start new era of dominance on clay – The Guardian

The two former French Open champions head to Roland Garros looking to ignite a rivalry that could last for years



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There will be two defending champions in the womens draw at the French Open this year. That is not normally how it works; when a player wins a title one year, they return to the scene of their success and try their hardest to hold on to it. Most fail.
Last year, however, as uncertainty swirled during the first waves of the pandemic, the world No 1, Ashleigh Barty, opted not to travel due to safety concerns and because national border closures in Australia meant she was unable to train with her coach….

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