Ashleigh Barty: 'One day maybe I can lift a Grand Slam trophy'

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Ashleigh Barty: 'One day maybe I can lift a Grand Slam trophy'

A few weeks ago the 17-year-old Destanee Aiava went on the headlines for her remarks about the main reason why she plays tennis: money. However, now she has slightly corrected her words. As recognized by Fox Sports, Aiava was asked where the money sits on her scale of career goals and replied: 'Well obviously this is my job and it’s starting to get a little more about that.

But I’m not one of those types that just waste opportunities and not thank the people who have helped me. Tennis Australia has been a big help to me. I still do have a lot of goals and aspirations for myself. It (tennis) is about money but that’s only a small part of it.

I still love all the perks that come with tennis. But the feeling of winning is very important for me as well.' Aiava, who cracked top 150 Rankings this year and also became the first and so far only 2000-born player to win a WTA main draw match, will play Kooyong Classic exhibition in preparation for Australian Open.

She has clear goals: 'To start off strong with the Aussie tournaments and to get my ranking up to around top 100, hopefully, is one of my goals for 2018. Playing in my first grand slam (2017 Australian Open) and getting that first WTA win (in Brisbane) were things I’ll never forget.

Making my first final in Canberra was also big.' ALSO READ: Hingis on Federer calling her an inspiration: 'It's a beautiful compliment' .