Starting the season from the top-15, Ashleigh Barty has looked only ahead so far in 2019, lifting her first Major crown at Roland Garros and becoming world no. 1 after another notable title in Birmingham. The Ipswich native reached the semi-final in Cincinnati and Wuhan last week, hoping for another good run in Beijing that would help to finish the season at the top and close career-best season on the WTA throne.
Ashleigh is ready to give her best in the remaining events and gain the necessary boost ahead of the new season and the home Major in Melbourne. Before that, Barty and the rest of the Aussie squad take upon France in the final of the Fed Cup in front of the partisan crowd in Perth and she can't wait to defend the colors of her country during one of the most important weekends of her career.
"It some way, it was bizarre to win Roland Garros. It was obviously a dream come true for me to win, I never thought that it could happen or would happen. It was an amazing tournament for me and I think the last match was incredible.
The battle for no. 1 spot is incredible; there are so many players who are really close and had some fantastic results. I'm trying to give my best here in China, to win as many matches as possible and hold the top position.
It's important for me to try and finish up the season well and then take time in the offseason well before refreshing a bit.
I am not worried much about the upcoming Australian summer, looking forward to playing at home again.
When I quit tennis, I needed some time to rest and an opportunity to play cricket came up. They are very different sports technically and skills don't match but it was a fantastic time in my life and I met some incredible new friends, I'm still in contact with a lot of them.
We are playing the Fed Cup final at home in Perth and it is a huge chance for us, it would be incredible to win the title in front of the home fans. We are very excited to get to Perth and playing against the strong French squad, which is always a tough ask."