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(Reuters) – World No. 1 Ash Barty said her tennis had reached a new level during a “phenomenal” week in Stuttgart, where she made three consecutive comebacks to claim her second title on clay. The Australian, who turned 25 on Saturday, defeated fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-0 6-3 in the final to lift her third WTA trophy this season and cement her place at the top of the rankings. Sabalenka’s victory followed victories over fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova after conceding the first set in each. “This week has been phenomenal for me,” Barty said in his post-game press conference. “We have played a lot of tennis, a lot of games.” And I’ve certainly felt like I’m taking my tennis to a new level, in the sense of being able to rest easy and play freely and “Barty’s decision to stay home during the pandemic-plagued 2020 season rather than rejoin the Tour seems have paid off – the kind of form that led to the 2019 French Open title and world number one. Fire after leaving home, defending his Miami Open title three weeks ago. Sabalenka was his 10th straight win. over top 10 opponents since her 2019 WTA Finals title in Shenzhen teaming with America n Brady to win doubles, beating top seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Bethanie Mattek-Sands “Tennis is a strange sport sometimes.” said Barty. “Even though you may be a failure, I didn’t feel like I was too far off.” I think it’s important to keep working in the right direction, to try to do the right things … And if you don’t (get the re result), continue for next time. “I think it is a hugely important attitude.” The WTA Tour continues at the Madrid Open this week.