Alicia Molik: Ashleigh Barty is better than me!

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Alicia Molik: Ashleigh Barty is better than me!

Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik believes that Ashleigh Barty is staring down quarter-finals appearances at the majors next season. Jelena Dokic (2008) is the only Australian since Molik in 2005 to make the last eight of the Australian Open and Molik sees Barty breaking that drought.

"But Ash is actually better than me," Molik said. "And better than that (Australian Open quarter-finals) - much better than that because she has a really good tennis IQ, she's adaptable to all surfaces and it's a great time in women's tennis to break through.” "She's already shown how disruptive her game is to that group that's currently at the top of tennis.

So she's conquered 15, so I'm pretty sure she'll be pushing single digits.” Speaking about her team, Molik said, "She's got a brilliant team around her. Her and Craig have the most amazing working relationship," Molik said. "He's there every single minute of every day.

We see the awards and see Ash win events but there's a lot of hard yakka and there's a lot of hard days, rough days, with every tennis player.” "Craig's found not just a method but an understanding of Ash and how to get her back up as quickly has he can.

That's pretty unique for a coach to understand a player that well.” "Those rough times on tour, Craig's been able to navigate that so he is a hero in my eyes, absolutely." ALSO READ Casey Dellacqua: I’m really thankful and grateful for this award