Ashleigh Barty: Being number two in the world is incredible


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Ashleigh Barty: Being number two in the world is incredible

Setting her sights on becoming the WTA No.1, French Open Champion Ash Barty is just 136 points behind Naomi Osaka and looks to make the most of the grass court season. She said: "Being number two in the world is incredible.

It's something I never dreamt of as a child and obviously we'll keep chipping away and try to get to number one. It's all happened pretty quickly over the last two weeks but we're trying to take it in our stride.

Obviously we'll have a couple of quiet days now to relax, to celebrate and then set new goals." Winning the junior Wimbledon title at 15 years of age, Barty’s road to the top has not been an easy one. "I realised that my first trip overseas was 10 years ago and it was to Paris," she said.

"It was my first taste of international tennis and my god it was terrible, it was scary, I hated every minute." Her coach, Craig Tyzzer, remembers the week well. "We'd done a 12-week training block and she was so out of shape it wasn't funny," he said.

"I didn't expect her to win too many matches." But he stuck by her ever since. "It doesn't matter how much talent you have, you get to this level and you've got to work your butt off, and Ash does," he said.

"We're continuing to improve lots of areas in Ash's game, both on and off the court, and I think it's really shown this year. In this game you can't sit still and she knows that. Her feet are firmly planted on the ground."