World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has been backed by Australian Fed Cup coach Alicia Molik to continue her winning run in the Fed Cup as Australia brace themselves to face France in the finals. Barty has played a pivotal role in guiding her country to the Fed Cup decider for the first time in 26 years and will spearhead Australia’s bid to the tile next month.
Molik said Barty’s role in Australia reaching the final could not be underestimated. “It is a true testament to the character that Ash Barty is,” Molik said. “She’s had to withstand a lot of pressure the past couple of years and has had to continue to win for us to be a viable nation in this competition”.
She further added, “Ash is a resilient tennis player now, confident in her own abilities. No matter the pressure, the score or the situation, she has that much trust in herself that she knows she will produce some great tennis”.
Speaking about the young guns growing up, Molik said, “The kids who have been here this morning practising are no different to Ash Barty,” she said. “She was doing the same thing, honing her skills at her local club.
Ash grew up playing in Ipswich and spent hours upon hours at the courts with her coach Jim Joyce, just like these juniors”. “It’s exactly the same pathway and the same process. They love it as much as Ash, I can tell that”.
That’s the beauty of the sport. It opens up so many dimensions and let’s hope that some of them want to go on and further their tennis”.