Ashleigh Barty

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Ashleigh Barty
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Barty at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Ipswich, Queensland
Born (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 22)[1]
Ipswich
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 12 in)
Turned pro April 2010
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Craig Tyzzer,
Jason Stoltenberg
Prize money US$4,287,660
Singles
Career record 176–75 (70.12%)
Career titles 2 WTA, 4 ITF[2]
Highest ranking No. 16 (29 January 2018)
Current ranking No. 17 (17 September 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2017, 2018)
French Open 2R (2013, 2018)
Wimbledon 3R (2018)
US Open 4R (2018)
Doubles
Career record 158–50 (75.96%)
Career titles 9 WTA, 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 5 (21 May 2018)
Current ranking No. 7 (17 September 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2013)
French Open F (2017)
Wimbledon F (2013)
US Open W (2018)
Mixed doubles
Career record 7–8
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 1R (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2013)
US Open QF (2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup SF (2014)
Last updated on: 10 September 2018.

Ashleigh "Ash" Barty (born 24 April 1996) is an Australian tennis player and cricketer. She is the top-ranked Australian in both women's singles and doubles, and has been ranked as high as No. 16 in singles and No. 5 in doubles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Barty has won two singles titles and nine doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including one Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. She has also reached the doubles final at all four Grand Slam tournaments with her longtime partner and compatriot Casey Dellacqua.

Born in Ipswich in Queensland, Barty began playing tennis at age four in nearby Brisbane. She had a promising junior career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world after winning the girls' singles title at Wimbledon in 2011. As a teenager, Barty had early success in doubles on the WTA Tour in 2013, finishing runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles events with the veteran Dellacqua, including at the Australian Open while still only 16 years old. Late in the 2014 season, Barty decided to take an indefinite leave from tennis. She ended up playing cricket during this hiatus, signing with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League despite having no formal training in the sport.

Barty returned to tennis in early 2016 shortly before turning 20 years old. Although she won her first tournament back on the ITF circuit, her year was ultimately marred by an arm injury. In 2017, Barty had a breakout year in singles, winning her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and rising to No. 17 in the world despite having never been ranked inside the top 100 before her time off. She also had another prolific year in doubles with Dellacqua, culminating in her first appearance at the WTA Finals. Barty won another WTA singles title in 2018, and has maintained her top 25 ranking throughout the year. Following Dellacqua's retirement, she continued to improve at doubles, winning the four biggest doubles titles of her career in 2018, including her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, while also attaining a new career-high ranking.

Early life and background[edit]

Ashleigh was born on 24 April 1996 to Josie and Robert Barty. Her father works in the government and is an Ngarigo Indigenous Australian.[3] Her mother works as a radiographer and is the daughter of English immigrants.[4] Barty grew up in Springfield, a suburb of Ipswich in Queensland. She has two older sisters named Sara and Ali.[5] Besides tennis, Barty also played netball as a kid, but decided to focus on tennis because she "thought [netball] was a girls' game"[5] and because her sisters were better than her at that sport.[6] She did not play cricket while growing up.[7]

Barty started working with her longtime junior coach Jim Joyce at the West Brisbane Tennis Centre at the age of four.[8] Joyce remarked that he did not typically train children as young as Barty, but made an exception because of her excellent hand-eye coordination and high level of focus. He recalled a moment from their first lesson, saying, "The first ball I threw to her, bang! She hit it right back.”[5] As a kid, Barty also practised at home, remembering, "I used to hit the ball against [the wall exterior to our living room] every day after school, for hours on end." By the time she was nine, she was practising against boys that were six years older. At the age of 12, she was playing against male adults.[5]

Former tennis professional Scott Draper later joined Barty's coaching team and worked with her at the National Academy.[9] When she was 15 years old, former top 20 player Jason Stoltenberg took over as her primary coach. Barty's junior schedule took her to Europe and away from her family in Australia for much of the year. The season she turned 17, she was only home for 27 days during the entire calendar year.[5][10]

Junior career[edit]

Barty at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

Barty reached a career high ITF junior ranking of No. 2 in the world, having excelled at both singles and doubles. She started playing low-level events on the ITF Junior Circuit in 2009 at the age of 13 and won her first title at the Grade 4 Australian International before turning 14. Barty continued to only play in tournaments below the higher tiers through the end of 2010, but compiled a record of 24–2 in her five events that season while also capturing a Grade 2 title.[9][11][12] She played her first junior Grand Slam event in 2011 at the Australian Open, where she lost her opening match to third seed Lauren Davis.[4] However, she bounced back from this defeat in the coming months by winning both the singles and doubles events at two high-level Grade 1 events, the Sarawak Chief Minister's Cup in Malaysia in March and the Belgian International Junior Championships in May.[13][14][15]

After a second round loss at the 2011 French Open, Barty won her only Grand Slam title at Wimbledon at the age of 15. She became just the second Australian to win the girls' singles event after Debbie Freeman in 1980, and the first Australian girl to win any junior Grand Slam singles title since Jelena Dokic at the 1998 US Open. Compatriot Luke Saville also won the boys' title to help Australia sweep both singles events. The only set she dropped in the tournament was to Madison Keys in the third round, and her victory in the final was against third seed Irina Khromacheva.[11][16][17] In the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, Barty produced another impressive singles result, losing to top seed Caroline Garcia in the semifinals of the US Open.[18] Barty also won two more Grade 1 titles in doubles that season, one at Roehampton the week before Wimbledon and the other at the Canadian Open the week before the US Open.[11] She closed out the season by winning the Junior Fed Cup for Australia with teammate Belinda Woolcock.[19][20] Barty only played in one junior tournament the following year, where she finished runner-up in both singles and doubles at the Torneo International in Italy.[11]

Professional career[edit]

2010–2012: Australian Open debut at 15, top 200[edit]

Barty started her professional career in April 2010 just after turning 14 at an International Tennis Federation (ITF) $25K event in her hometown of Ipswich. She lost her first match to Karolina Wlodarczak. Barty played in one more main draw that year in Mount Gambier, where she reached the semifinals in just her second professional tournament. Her first pro match win came against Ayu Fani Damayanti. In 2011, she entered a few more $25K events in Australia, with her best results being two quarterfinals.[2] Following her girls' singles title at Wimbledon, Tennis Australia awarded Barty a wildcard into qualifying at the US Open.[21] In her first WTA Tour-level appearance, she was unable to qualify for the main draw, losing her opening round match to Julia Glushko.[22] Barty closed out the year by competing in a playoff for one of the Australian wildcard berths into the main draw of the 2012 Australian Open. Despite being the youngest player in the competition, she won all five of her matches without dropping a set to earn the wild card. She swept her round-robin group featuring world No. 133 Casey Dellacqua before defeating No. 239 Arina Rodionova and No. 167 Olivia Rogowska in the knockout stage.[23][24]

Barty made her singles and doubles main draw debuts on the WTA Tour in early 2012. Her doubles debut came at the Brisbane International, the first event of the year. After losing in singles qualifying, she partnered with Dellacqua to make the semifinals in doubles while still just 15 years old. Their tournament was highlighted by an upset of the top seeded team of Natalie Grandin and Vladimíra Uhlířová, both of whom were in the top 25 of the WTA doubles rankings.[25][26][27] The following week, Barty made her singles debut as a wild card at the Hobart International, losing her opening round match to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.[28][29] She then made her Grand Slam main draw debut the very next week at the Australian Open, where she lost her first round match to Anna Tatishvili.[30][31] Later in the year, Barty also received wildcards into the main draws of the French Open and Wimbledon, but lost her opening round matches to Petra Kvitová and Roberta Vinci respectively, both of whom were seeded.[27][32]

Besides her first WTA main draw appearances, Barty also had a breakout year on the ITF Women's Circuit. She compiled a singles record of 34–4 in nine tournaments to go along with a doubles record of 25–5 while frequently partnering with compatriot Sally Peers.[12] She won four ITF titles in each of singles and doubles.[2] In particular, her first two singles titles came in back-to-back weeks in February in Sydney and Mildura.[33] She also won both the singles and doubles events at the Nottingham Challenge, a mid-level $50K grass court event in the lead-up to Wimbledon.[34] Barty ended the season with a doubles title at the $75K event on carpet in Japan, where she partnered with Dellacqua for the second time for her biggest title of the year.[25] Her quarterfinal appearance in singles at the same tournament helped her rise to No. 177 in the WTA singles rankings, having first cracked the top 200 of the WTA singles rankings a few weeks earlier at the age of 16. She also finished the year ranked No. 129 in doubles.[35]

2013: Breakthrough in doubles[edit]

In 2013, Barty began playing primarily at the WTA Tour level. She only played in eight singles main draws in total after losing in qualifying at five tournaments.[27] Although she stayed outside the top 100 in singles throughout the year, she established herself as one of the world's elite double players despite not turning 17 until the middle of the season.[35]

Team competitions[edit]

"I can't believe it myself, I don't remember anything about it. This tops [the junior title at] Wimbledon, this trumps everything. I'm just so happy with the way I played."

—Barty speaking on her Hopman Cup win over Schiavone.[36]

Barty started her season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where she represented Australia with Bernard Tomic after Dellacqua withdrew before the tournament due to a foot injury. The Australians finished their group in second place behind Serbia. They defeated Germany and Italy in their first and last ties, but lost to Serbia in a close tie that was decided by a match tiebreak in the mixed doubles. During the tie against Italy, Barty won a lopsided singles match against former French Open champion and world No. 35 Francesca Schiavone in just 55 minutes, the biggest singles win of her career to date.[36]

Later in the year, Barty also made her Fed Cup debut for Australia, playing in two away ties. In their February defeat to the top-seeded Czech Republic, she lost the dead rubber doubles match with Dellacqua.[37] Two months later against Switzerland, Barty won her only match against No. 56 Stefanie Vögele to clinch the tie for Australia and keep them in the top-level World Group the following year.[38]

Singles: First WTA Tour win, first Grand Slam match win[edit]

Barty was awarded another wild card into the Australian Open singles main draw, but lost her opening match.[39] Towards the end of February, she won her first two WTA Tour-level matches at the Malaysian Open against Chanel Simmonds and Zarina Diyas before her run ended in the quarterfinals.[40][41] Barty's only other two tour-level singles wins of the year came at Grand Slam tournaments. She was awarded main draw wildcards into the French Open and US Open, where she won her first round matches at both events.[42][43][12]

Doubles: Three Grand Slam finals, one WTA title[edit]

Barty at the 2013 US Open

In doubles, Barty partnered with Dellacqua in eight WTA Tour-level events during the year, including all four Grand Slam tournaments. The pair finished runner-up in three out of four such events, only failing to reach the final at the French Open where they lost in the first round.[27] At the age of 16, Barty's Australian Open finals appearance made her the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Tatiana Golovin won the mixed doubles title at the 2004 French Open at the same age. As a team, Barty and Dellacqua became the first Australian duo to reach an Australian Open women's doubles final since Evonne Goolagong and Helen Gourlay in 1977.[44][45] This success also helped Barty jump nearly 100 spots in the rankings to world No. 46.[35] At Wimbledon and the US Open, Barty and Dellacqua defeated three of the top ten seeds at both events, including the No. 2 seeds in each case.[27] The closest they came to winning a major title was at the Australian Open and the US Open, where they were up a break with a set in hand in both finals.[46][47][48]

Barty and Dellacqua did win one title together at the Birmingham Classic, where they defeated Cara Black and Marina Erakovic in the final.[49] Without Dellacqua as her partner, Barty had also made two more tour-level semifinals earlier in the year, including at the Premier-level Charleston Open with Anastasia Rodionova. She finished the season as the world No. 12 in the WTA doubles rankings.[35]

2014: Singles struggles, continued doubles success[edit]

Barty began the year by qualifying for the Brisbane International. She won her opening round match against No. 33 Daniela Hantuchová before withdrawing from the tournament due to a left adductor injury.[50] This turned out to be her only singles main draw win of the year at any level. She played in three Grand Slam main draws, including at the US Open where she had to qualify, but lost all of her first round matches.[27]

Despite her struggles in singles, Barty had another good year in doubles with Dellacqua as her regular partner.[27] The pair won their second title together at the Internationaux de Strasbourg during the clay season.[51] While they did not repeat their success at the Grand Slam tournaments from the previous year, they still managed to reach the quarterfinals at both the French Open and Wimbledon.[52][53] They also were unable to defend their title at the Birmingham Classic, but made it to the final for the second consecutive year.[54]

2014–16: Hiatus from tennis, switch to cricket[edit]

Ash Barty
Cricket information
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2015–2016 Brisbane Heat
2015–2016 Queensland Fire
Career statistics
Competition WBBL WNCL
Matches 9 2
Runs scored 68 11
Batting average 11.33 5.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 39 10
Catches/stumpings 3/– 1/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 January 2016

After the 2014 US Open, Barty announced she was "[taking] a break from professional tennis."[55] She later said that she took time off from tennis because "it was too much too quickly for me as I've been travelling from quite a young age... I wanted to experience life as a normal teenaged girl and have some normal experiences."[56] Barty was ranked outside of the top 200 in singles and was No. 40 in doubles at the time.[35]

Barty became interested in potentially playing cricket after meeting with the Australian women's national team in early 2015 to discuss her experience as a professional athlete. She was intrigued by the opportunity to play a team sport as a change from the individual sport of tennis. At the time, she had no competitive cricket experience, having only played casually with her family. Barty later approached Queensland Cricket about how she could get involved with the sport. Andy Richards, the coach of the Queensland Fire and soon-to-be coach of the Brisbane Heat, was immediately impressed with Barty's skill set, saying, "Her skill from the first time she picked up a bat was outstanding from a coach's perspective... She never missed a ball in her first session... That's what attracted me as a coach to her as a player, her ability to pick up things really quickly."[57][58][59][60]

Barty began training with the Fire in July, and also started playing for the Western Suburbs District Cricket Club, a local team that competes in Brisbane’s Women’s Premier Cricket Twenty20 league. She had an impressive second game for the team, scoring 63 from 60 to go along with taking 2–13 from four overs.[57][58] Barty played in 13 matches for Western Suburbs, scoring one century and averaging 42.4 runs while taking eight wickets.[61] Western Suburbs ultimately won the league's grand final, with Barty ending up the team's top scorer in the match after hitting 37 from 39 balls.[62]

After Barty's performance in her second game with Western Suburbs, she also signed with the Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) Twenty20 season.[63] Barty made her debut in December and hit 39 off 27 balls with one six in a match against the Melbourne Stars, the second highest score on her team.[56][64] She remained a regular member of the team, but only had a double figure score once more during the season. The Heat finished with a 7–7 record, good for sixth in the competition out of eight teams.[65] The WBBL season ended in January, while the local Brisbane league ended in February.[61]

2016: Return to tennis[edit]

Barty at the 2016 Eastbourne Trophy

Barty announced her return to professional tennis in February a few weeks after the end of the WBBL season.[66] At first, she only competed in doubles events on the ITF circuit at the low-level $25K tier. In her first two months, she played five tournaments and won three of them, including her first one back where she partnered with Jessica Moore and two in back-to-back weeks in Canberra.[67][68][2]

Barty returned to singles in late May. She qualified for the Eastbourne Trophy, a mid-level ITF $50K event, where she made it to the semifinals in both singles and doubles.[69] The following week, Barty returned to the WTA Tour, where she qualified for the Nottingham Open. She made it to the quarterfinals, losing to top seed Karolína Plíšková in a close match. She was happy with her performance, saying "It's nice to know that straight off the bat I can come in and compete with the best in the world."[70] Barty also received a wildcard into qualifying at Wimbledon, but did not reach the main draw.[71] After a bone stress injury in her arm, she only played in one more event that year, the 125K Taipei Challenger in November.[72][73]

2017: Breakthrough in singles[edit]

In 2017, Barty reunited with Dellacqua as her regular doubles partner.[27] Although she started the year outside the top 250 in both singles and doubles and had never been ranked in the top 100 in singles, she finished the year inside the top 20 in both rankings.[35]

Singles: First WTA title, world No. 17[edit]

Near the start of the year, Barty picked up her first ever wins at the Australian Open, reaching the third round.[74][75] Barty's next tournament was the Malaysian Open where she had won her first WTA singles match. She entered the singles main draw as a qualifier and won both the singles and doubles events. This was her first career WTA singles title and helped her crack the top 100 for the first time.[76][77] Barty continued to climb in the rankings after a quarterfinal at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on clay where she lost to compatriot Daria Gavrilova and a runner-up at the Birmingham Classic on grass, her best result at a Premier tournament.[78][79]

During the US Open series in August, Barty reached back-to-back Premier 5 rounds of 16 at the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Open, despite needing to qualify for both events.[80] At Cincinnati, she also defeated world No. 9 Venus Williams for her first career top ten victory.[81] After having to face top 15 players Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina in the opening rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon respectively, Barty took advantage of a slightly better draw at the US Open. She defeated No. 23 Ana Konjuh in her first match en route to to reaching the third round, where she lost to the eventual champion Sloane Stephens.[82][83] This performance brought her to No. 37 in the WTA rankings.[35]

Later in September, Barty produced her best result of the season by reaching a Premier 5 final at the Wuhan Open. During the tournament, she defeated three top ten players in No. 7 Johanna Konta, No. 4 Karolína Plíšková, and No. 10 Jeļena Ostapenko. She lost the final to Caroline Garcia in three sets, despite having two chances to serve for the match.[84] Nonetheless, she rose to No. 23 in the world, setting her up both to become the top-ranked Australian a few weeks later and to qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy at the end of the season.[85] At that event, Barty advanced out of her round robin group by winning both of her matches, the first against No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and the second against No. 19 Angelique Kerber.[86] She was knocked out of the tournament by CoCo Vandeweghe.[87] Barty finished the season at a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world.[88][35]

Doubles: Fourth Grand Slam runner-up, WTA Finals berth[edit]

Barty and Dellacqua reached the quarterfinals or better at three out of four Grand Slam tournaments during the year.[89][90] In particular, they made it to the finals at the French Open to become the first Australian women's doubles team to reach all four Grand Slam finals.[91] They lost the final to the top seeded team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová who had also won the previous two majors.[92] Barty and Dellacqua contested six finals on the year in total, winning half of them.[27] They won the Birmingham Classic, where Barty also made it to the final in singles. This was their second career title at the event after winning it in 2013, and also their first Premier title together.[79]

Barty and Dellacqua finished the year as the third-highest ranked doubles team, earning them a spot in the WTA Finals.[93] They had narrowly missed qualifying for the event back in 2013 when they were the fifth-ranked team and only the top four were accepted instead of eight.[94] In their debut, the duo were upset in the first round by the lowest-seeded team of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson.[95] Individually, Barty also established a new career-high doubles ranking of No. 11 in the world towards the very end of the season.[35]

2018: US Open doubles champion[edit]

Team competitions[edit]

Barty played in two Fed Cup ties for Australia in 2018. In their February tie against Ukraine, she won both of her singles matches as well as the deciding doubles rubber with Dellacqua to carry her team into the World Group playoffs. This turned out to be the last match Barty would play with Dellacqua, as well as the last match of Dellacqua's career before she officially retired in April.[96][97] In the following round, Barty won both of her singles match against the Netherlands to help Australia win the tie 4–1 and advance back into the top-tier World Group in 2019 for the first time in four years.[98]

Singles: Second WTA title, top 25 mainstay[edit]

Barty had an excellent start to the season, reaching the final of the Sydney International in her second tournament of the year.[99] She entered the Australian Open seeded at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at No. 18, but was upset in the third round by Naomi Osaka.[100] After another upset in the second round at Indian Wells against Maria Sakkari, Barty rebounded at the Miami Open, reaching the fourth round with victories over Claire Liu and Petra Martić before falling to Elina Svitolina. Barty's best results during the clay court season were at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, where she was the top seed at a WTA Tour singles event for the first time. She reached her first WTA-level clay court semifinal, but had to retire due to a back injury.[101][102] The following week at the French Open, Barty had another tough draw at a Grand Slam event and was defeated by Serena Williams in the second round, despite winning the first set.[103]

Back on her favorite surface, Barty won the Nottingham Open on grass for her second career WTA title. On her way to winning the title, she avenged her Australian Open defeat to Osaka in the semifinals in straight sets before outplaying home favorite and British No. 1 Konta in the final.[104] After falling to Julia Görges in the second round in Birmingham, Barty found more success in her final tournament preceding Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinals in Eastbourne with victories over Kristina Mladenovic and Hsieh Su-wei before falling to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki. She then recorded her first match wins at Wimbledon and reached the third round before falling to Daria Kasatkina, matching her best result at a Grand Slam tournament.[105] At the start of the summer hard court season, Barty did well at the Premier 5 hard court tournaments, making it to the semifinals at the Canadian Open and the third round at the Cincinnati Open. She lost to world No. 1 Simona Halep at both events.[106][107] Seeded 18th at the US Open, Barty recorded victories over Ons Jabeur, Lucie Šafářová, and Karolína Muchová to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, where she was defeated by eighth-seeded Karolína Plíšková.[108]

Doubles: First Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory titles[edit]

Barty and Dellacqua reached the third round at the Australian Open. This was their last WTA tournament together before Dellacqua's retirement.[97] Barty partnered with American CoCo Vandeweghe in her next three doubles events, and the pair had their best success in the United States where they won the Miami Open, Barty's first Premier Mandatory title.[109] Following this title, Barty continued to play with Vandeweghe while also partnering with Demi Schuurs.[2] She had better immediate success with Schuurs, winning her first two Premier 5 titles at the Italian Open and the Canadian Open. The tournament in Rome that they won was their first together, and they only paired up because Schuurs's usual partner Elise Mertens withdrew.[110][111] That title also helped Barty climb to a career-best of world No. 5 in the WTA doubles rankings.[35]

Later in the season, Barty again reunited with Vandeweghe and won her first career Grand Slam title at the US Open. In the semifinals, the pair defeated the top seeded team of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková, who were the reigning French Open and Wimbledon champions. In the final, they defeated the second seeded team of Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, who were the reigning Australian Open champions. Barty and Vandeweghe had lost the first set and were down two championship points in the second set before coming from behind to win the last two sets in two tiebreaks, saving a third championship point in the final tiebreak.[112] This was the first time ever that a Grand Slam women's doubles final came down to a third-set tiebreak.[113]

Playing style[edit]

Barty serving

Barty has an all-court game and a crafty style of play.[114][115] Her favourite surface is grass, despite initially not liking that surface because she had limited experience playing on it while growing up.[115] Barty has also done well on hard courts, where she won her first WTA singles title and reached her first Premier 5 level final.[76][84] The only surface where she has not reached a singles final is clay.[2]

Barty's short stature (at 166 cm (5 ft 5 12 in) she is the shortest player currently ranked in the top 20) and diverse array of shots have led her to be compared to former world No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis.[116] She has solid groundstrokes on both the forehand and backhand sides. In particular, she uses her powerful forehand to create sharp angles on cross-court shots. Her kick serve and backhand slice are also two of her better shots. Barty's doubles game translates well to singles, as she frequently comes to the net and excels at volleying. She uses her variety of shots to trouble her opponents.[117][118]

Thanasi Kokkinakis, one of her compatriot contemporaries as well as one of her mixed doubles partners, has described her game as, "Ash plays different to most girls. She likes to come into the net, she uses her slice very well and she’s crafty. Whereas a lot of girls like to hit the ball hard and flat, she plays a little bit differently, she plays with a bit more control... and she makes things awkward for her opponent."[115]

Personal life[edit]

Barty took a break from professional tennis from September 2014 through February 2016, and ended up playing semi-pro cricket during the second half of that break. Although she gave no reasons at the time, she later said, "I needed some time to refresh mentally more than anything. It became a bit of a slog for me and I wasn’t enjoying my tennis as much as I would have liked to."[118] Her family and coaches all supported her decision.[5] Barty had no intention of retiring and continued to play casually during her hiatus, saying, "It was never in mind that I’d retired as such... I’d been coaching and holding a racket pretty much everyday so I wasn’t completely out of practice."[118] During her time off, she also pursued her hobbies such as fishing and built a new house close to her family.[5] She ultimately decided to return to the sport, commenting, "After a break and trying other things, I missed tennis and decided that I wanted to come back."[6]

Barty is the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia. The goal of this position is to promote more indigenous participation in the sport of tennis. The associated Indigenous Tennis Program expects they will reach over 1000 children each year in the Northern Territory, where a relatively high percentage of the population belongs to indigenous peoples. Barty has embraced her heritage and her role as an ambassador, saying, "I'm a very proud Indigenous woman and I think that for me taking on this role is something very close to my heart. I'm very excited."[119]

Barty is a supporter of a variety of sports teams including the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League, Manchester United in the English Premier League, and Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League.[8]

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Doubles: 5 (1–4)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2013 Australian Open Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
2–6, 6–3, 2–6
Loss 2013 Wimbledon Grass Australia Casey Dellacqua Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–7(1–7), 1–6
Loss 2013 US Open Hard Australia Casey Dellacqua Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7–6(7–4), 1–6, 4–6
Loss 2017 French Open Clay Australia Casey Dellacqua United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
2–6, 1–6
Win 2018 US Open Hard United States CoCo Vandeweghe Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
3–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(8–6)

Premier Mandatory and Premier 5[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2017 Wuhan Open Hard France Caroline Garcia 7–6(7–3), 6–7(4–7), 2–6

Doubles: 3 (3–0)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2018 Miami Open Hard United States CoCo Vandeweghe Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
6–2, 6–1
Win 2018 Italian Open Clay Netherlands Demi Schuurs Czech Republic Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
6–3, 6–4
Win 2018 Canadian Open Hard Netherlands Demi Schuurs Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]

Career statistics[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W−L Win %
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R A A 3R 3R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
French Open A 1R 2R 1R A A 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Wimbledon A 1R Q1 Q3 A Q2 1R 3R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
US Open Q1 A 2R 1R A A 3R 4R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 2–3 0–3 0–0 0–0 4–4 8–4 0 / 17 14–17 45%

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W−L Win %
Australian Open 1R F 2R A A QF 2R 0 / 5 10–5 67%
French Open A 1R QF A A F 1R 0 / 4 8–4 67%
Wimbledon A F QF A 1R QF A 0 / 4 11–4 73%
US Open A F 1R A A 2R W 1 / 4 12–3 80%
Win–Loss 0–1 15–4 7–4 0–0 0–1 12–4 7–2 1 / 17 41–16 72%

Awards[edit]

Australian Tennis Awards

Sportsmanship

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