Ashleigh Barty has experienced quite a journey in the last couple of years, returning to tennis in 2016 and conquering the WTA world three years later. World no. 1 claimed the first Major title in Paris this June, earning three more crowns and finishing as the year-end no.
1 following the WTA Finals. The Aussie has been preparing for an entertaining January in front of the home fans, entering Brisbane and Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open where she dreams of becoming the first home champion since 1978!
Praising the great Australian fighting spirit, Ashleigh feels proud of everything she has achieved so far, always respecting the rivals and giving her best in every match. Speaking about the on-court coaching, Barty admitted it could be useful to hear the second thought but also reminded you are all alone at Majors where that rule hasn't been applied yet.
For example, she had to do it all by herself in the semi-final of Roland Garros against the young gun Amanda Anisimova, finding the way to overcome all the obstacles and winning the title in the end to write the history of the Australian tennis.
"I think that's an Australian quality; we all want to be known as fighters," Barty said. "When I finish my career, I want to be known as someone who was respected by their peers and who gave everything on the court and never rolled over but played the game in the right spirit.
Hopefully, I'm doing all those things and also my best to fight for the victory in every match. You never know what can happen in sport; there are no guarantees or certainties and it is essential to stay in the game as long as possible.
There have been so many great moments from 2019 that I'm very proud of, and some that other people wouldn't notice but were still essential for me. There are times where on-court coaching does help me and there are times when I don't use it.
If anything, it's more just to get a different voice; it's there to use, and I figure why not use it when it's in the rule book and you're allowed to. If you can use it effectively, it's a positive thing.
Tyzz does an incredible job of keeping it very simple, being very clear and concise in what I need to do. But, we have to play Majors without that option and I have no issue trying to figure out the problem by myself."