Ashleigh Barty: 'Not up to me to tell Wang how to beat Serena Williams'

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Ashleigh Barty: 'Not up to me to tell Wang how to beat Serena Williams'

Ashleigh Barty was asked what Qiang Wang should do in order to beat Serena Williams in the US Open quarter-finals. The Australian player replied: "I think that's for her and her team to sit down and work out. Obviously that match hasn't been played yet, so there's still a possibility that she could play either Petra or Serena.

I think they play later on today. I'm not going to really comment on what she needs to do. I know she's got a great team around her. Tactically I think they'll come up with something that suits her game. Yeah, not really for me to say."

On Victoria Azarenka, she added: We had a practice session before the tournament had started. She just asked if I was keen for any doubles throughout 2019. Obviously playing with Coco last year, had every intention to play with Coco in Australia, kind of begin that again.

But after her injury, it was a bit of a last-minute thing where I just texted Vika and said, Look, I don't have a partner. Would you be keen to play in Australia? We've just kind of gone from there." Do the players themselves make those arrangements? What is the dynamic like? "I've always asked people personally.

I'd prefer to go to the player than to the coach or the team. Obviously it's also a discussion with Tyz as my coach to have a chat and who do we think would mix well, who do we think we would gel with. Also to be able to have that mix of having fun on the court but also trying to win as much as we can."