29 Facts About Ash Barty


Besides tennis, Ash Barty played netball as a child, but decided to focus on tennis because she "thought netball was a girls' game" and because her sisters were better than her at that sport.

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Joyce remarked that he did not typically train children as young as Ash Barty, but made an exception because of her excellent hand-eye coordination and high level of focus.

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The following week, Ash Barty made her singles debut as a wildcard at the Hobart International, losing her opening round match to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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Later in the year, Ash Barty received wildcards into the main draws of the French Open and Wimbledon, but lost her opening-round matches to Petra Kvitova and Roberta Vinci, respectively, both of whom were seeded.

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In doubles, Ash Barty partnered with Dellacqua in eight WTA Tour-level events during the 2013 season, including all four Grand Slam tournaments.

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Western Suburbs ultimately won the league's grand final, with Ash Barty ending up the team's top scorer in the match after hitting 37 from 39 balls.

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The following week, Ash Barty returned to the WTA Tour, where she qualified for the Nottingham Open.

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At the start of the 2017 season, Ash Barty picked up her first career wins at the Australian Open, reaching the third round.

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Later in the year, Ash Barty produced her best result of the season by reaching her first Premier 5 final at the Wuhan Open.

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The following week at the French Open, Ash 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.

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Back on her favourite surface, Ash Barty won the Nottingham Open on grass for her second career WTA title.

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At the start of the summer hardcourt season, Ash Barty did well at the Premier 5 events, making it to the semifinals at the Canadian Open and the third round at the Cincinnati Open.

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At the US Open, Ash Barty was the 18th seed and reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, where she was defeated by Karolina Pliskova.

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Towards the end of the season, Ash Barty attempted to defend her previous year's finals appearance at the Wuhan Open.

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In 2017, Ash Barty reunited with Dellacqua as her regular doubles partner, and reached the quarterfinals or better at three out of four Grand Slam tournaments during the season.

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Individually, Ash Barty established a new career-high doubles world ranking of No 11 towards end of the season.

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Later in the season, Ash Barty reunited with Vandeweghe and won her first career Grand Slam title at the US Open.

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Second consecutive year, Ash Barty began the season with a runner-up finish at the Sydney International, this time losing to Petra Kvitova.

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At her next tournament, Ash Barty made her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, defeating Maria Sharapova before again losing to Kvitova, becoming the first Australian to make the quarterfinals at the event since Jelena Dokic in 2009.

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Nevertheless, Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the semifinals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984 and picked up her first top ten win at a major.

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At the US Open, Ash Barty was the main favourite to take the title, but was defeated by Shelby Rogers in the third round.

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Nevertheless, Ash Barty achieved the year-end world No 1 ranking for the third year in a row, matching the feat of Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams, and received the WTA Player of the Year award for the second time.

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At the Australian Open, Ash Barty reached the final losing only one service game, and defeated Danielle Collins to become the first Australian woman since Chris O'Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open.

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At the 2020 Olympics, Ash Barty partnered Storm Sanders in the women's doubles and reached the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by top-seeded Krejcikova and Siniakova, and fellow Grand Slam champion John Peers in the mixed doubles, where they went on to become bronze medalists.

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At the start of the 2022 season, Ash Barty entered the doubles tournament in Adelaide alongside Sanders and won the title, defeating Darija Jurak Schreiber and Andreja Klepac in the final, subsequently completing the Adelaide sweep.

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Two months later against Switzerland, Ash Barty won her only match against No 56 Stefanie Vogele to clinch the tie for Australia and keep them in the top-level World Group the following year.

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In singles, Ash Barty was seeded number 1 and lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo in round 1.

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In doubles, Ash Barty partnered Storm Sanders where they reached the quarter final.

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In September 2020, Ash Barty won the championship at the Brookwater Golf Club, where she had originally met Kissick in 2016.

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