Ashleigh Barty recalls her `amazing` cricket stint after maiden French Open title

Ashleigh Barty recalls her `amazing` cricket stint after maiden French Open title

Barty's French Open win was so moving that it even inspired rare public comment from Goolagong Cawley, who yesterday described it as "a wonderful result for Australia".

But though she's aiming for the top spot, Barty is still aware of what she's already achieved, having stepped away from the game in 2014 and played professional cricket before returning three years ago.

Barty insists her hard work will pay dividends and believes her serve and on-court smarts are what have made her one of the top players in the world. "I was very fortunate that my coach developed this game and created this game that was technically sound", Barty said.

Mr Gibbs described the bus ride home from meeting Ash as a moment the girls will remember forever and "will be able to tell that to their kids in the future".

"Ash has been one of the Australian sporting success stories of 2019".

Indeed, Barty's well-documented challenges, and interrupted career, were acknowledged by retired Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua, who was in tears of joy after the match for a friend she was "extremely proud" of.

Barty's breakthrough win at the French Open provides an opportunity to change this pattern of media coverage.

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"She requires that and really pushes us for it".

"It's not every day that you see an Indigenous woman take out one of the Grand Slams", she said. Barty straightened her cap and broke back.

"For all the challenges that confront Indigenous Australians, our Indigenous athletes provide strong role models for our youth, strengthening identity and Aboriginality, and a sense of place and belonging".

Ash Barty meeting up and coming Indigenous tennis stars ahead of the Fed Cup in February.

When she gravitated back to tennis, she initially thought her best chance for a major title would be in doubles, not one-on-one competition, but she craved "the ebbs and the flows, the emotions you get from winning and losing matches", she said.

"The way they are accepting of someone new coming into their locker room, into their dressing room and into their sport was wonderful". Fox Sports will broadcast both finals live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play.

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