Alicia Molik: 'Ashleigh Barty has so much variety and different game-plans'


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Alicia Molik: 'Ashleigh Barty has so much variety and different game-plans'

The Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik will have the opportunity to lead her country towards the first Fed Cup title since 1974 when her girls meet France in Perth between November 9-10. All eyes are set on world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty who will try to secure the year-end no.

1 position at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen before traveling home and preparing for the crucial Fed Cup tie. Together with the preparations for the final, Molik visited Riverton, Ardross and Phoenix Primary Schools to promote the upcoming tie and speak about her own experiences on the professional circuit.

"I thought it might take a fraction longer, but it just goes to show the type of player she is," Molik said. "Ashleigh has a game that can annihilate opponents. She includes so much variety in her tennis; we see so many big hitters who don't have nature where they can switch gears.

They don't have A, B and C games and the variety Ash possesses. She's a bit more mature now and her game has developed too, so she was just ready to take it all on. Tennis is quite an unusual sport. You're away nine months a year and it's not always easy to deal with that, but she's definitely at the point now where she's embracing all those opportunities.

Being away in front of big crowds, being ready for the big occasion at a Grand Slam, she's up for it and she's been able to produce brilliant tennis time and time again. We want to ride the wave of success and we've worked so hard outside of the shores of Australia, so it's a beautiful thing we've got the privilege to show what we can do.

It means a lot, looking up in the crowd, hearing the cheers and seeing the green and gold, we don't experience that anywhere else we go. If it means a few kids in the school pick up a tennis racquet when they wouldn't ordinarily, it's a massive win for us."