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Daniel. Oct 15th, 2010 06:38 AM

Ashleigh Barty
It's been a while since we've had the need to create a new thread for a decent player.
Ashleigh Barty has absolutely outdone herself this week in Mt Gambier $25k.
At 14 years of age Ashleigh has pumped three consecutive wins in her first ITF main draw appearance.

$25,000 Mt Gambier, Australia

R1: (wc) A. Barty AUS d. A. Damayanti INA 6/7(3) 6/3 6/3
R2: (wc) A. Barty AUS d. [1] A. Rodionova RUS 0/6 6/2 6/4
QF: (wc) A. Barty AUS d. S. Letcher AUS 7/6(5) 6/4
SF: (wc) A. Barty AUS vs. Duarte or Ozgen...

R1: H. Ericksen / V. Rajicic AUS d. A. Barty / I. Holland AUS 6/4 6/4

OZTENNIS Oct 15th, 2010 07:44 AM

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Dammit Daniel I was going to start a thread today :lol:

It's actually her second ITF main draw - she lost R1 to Wlodarczak in Ipswich in April 6-4 7-5.

Good win over Letcher who is a dangerous player and who beat her in an AMT pretty convincingly a couple of months ago (6-1 6-3).

She has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few months and is definitely the one for us all to look out for in the coming years.

OZTENNIS Oct 15th, 2010 07:45 AM

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Few mistakes in the article but not a bad one;

Barty teams up with the stars Sydney,15 October 2010
Ash Barty, Darren Cahill, Grant Jenkins and Simon Rea in Las Vegas.
Tennis Australia

Still buzzing from a dream week in Las Vegas with Team Agassi, Australian tennis prodigy Ashleigh Barty has scored one of the biggest wins of her life.
Displaying all the confidence that comes from rubbing shoulders with Steffi Graf, Barty upset top seed Arina Rodionova - the younger sister of dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anastasia Rodionova - 0-6 6-2 6-4 in the first round of the Pro Tour event in Mt Gambier.
The 14-year-old hot shot - who has already made her mark in the Junior Fed Cup - has long been earmarked for stardom, but is even more inspired to scale the heights after enjoying a memorable VIP trip to Vegas.
As a guest of the esteemed adidas player development team, Barty received specialist tuition from Agassi's former coach and fellow Australian Darren Cahill and also attended a baseball game with Graf.
But the highlight of Barty's stay was bonding with Agassi's legendary conditioner Gil Reyes.
Reyes introduced Barty to his famous "Gil water" - a special concoction to enhance recovery and performance that Agassi swore by during his illustrious career - and ended their session with a trip to the famed heartbreak hill, where the American superstar spent countless painful hours preparing himself for grand slam success.
"Gil has amazing stories that he tells to us with a huge amount of passion and pride," Barty said.
"Stories from the days when he was coaching Arnold Schwarzenegger to help him become Mr Universe to the present days working with Fernando Verdasco and (newly crowned world No.1) Caroline Wozniacki.
"In his gym, he constantly says that this is `my time' and it should be all about me.
"He is an amazing person to be around and gives me a lot of confidence in the gym.
"This trip has given me a lot of confidence and self-belief and has made me realise how I need to work and what sacrifices I must make in order to be a great tennis player."
Barty looms as a genuine star of the future.
In April, while still only 13, Barty won two ITF under-18 events on clay in Ipswich before completing an undefeated singles campaign for Australia at the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in the Czech Republic in August.
She then went undefeated again in singles - despite being the youngest player in the competition - as Australia finished fifth at last month's Junior Fed Cup in Mexico.

Keadz Oct 15th, 2010 07:47 AM

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Womens Singles QF: [WC] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d Sophie Letcher (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-4

Keeps winning :) WOW!

jack21 Oct 30th, 2010 11:44 AM

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Thailand G2

R1 def Larsen(GER) 6-2 6-2
R2 def (5)Deng(CHN) 6-3 6-4
R3 def (10)Tyulpa(RUS) 6-1 6-0
QF def (4)Ozaki(JPN) 6-1 6-0
SF def (6)Mertens 6-1 6-0
F def (1)Zhu 6-3 6-0

Amazing week from Ashleigh, most impressive win was over Zhu who has a WTA ranking of 745.

OZTENNIS Oct 30th, 2010 02:25 PM

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Awesome tournament Ash!! Well done :banana:

Much tougher task of this next week in the GB1 Seoul - Saisai Zheng from China is the top seed. Hope she can get a friendly draw and go deep again!!

jack21 Nov 21st, 2010 06:03 AM

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The next big thing?
Linda Pearce
November 21, 2010

FORMER Davis Cup-winning player and captain John Fitzgerald is an enthusiast, but he is also an experienced tennis analyst, which makes the following statement significant. Fitzgerald: ''We've got a player in Australia at the moment who's 14 years of age who is probably the best prospect we've had in 20 years in the women's game.''

The unusually bold proclamation from Tennis Australia's newest board member came during a radio interview. No names were mentioned in a futile attempt to control expectations and protect the innocent, but the emerging young star's identity is no secret: Queenslander Ashleigh Barty.

Fitzgerald did not return The Age's call this week, but has good reason to be cautious, having noted earlier in the radio chat that 2002 junior Wimbledon champion Todd Reid (career-high ranking 105th, currently inactive) was once described as the next Lleyton Hewitt. In fact, history will show that Ben Ellwood (No. 3 in juniors, a best of 140th in seniors) turned out to be a more valid comparison.
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Barty is already drawing some heady comparisons of her own. Tennis Australia's national head coach, former Queen's Club champion and pro golfer Scott Draper, sees similar court craft but a potentially more powerful version of Martina Hingis's game. He also notes similarities with the sublimely talented Hana Mandlikova - except that Barty has a bigger serve.

So will she be the new Sam Stosur (French Open finalist and current world No. 6)? Or the next Debbie Freeman (junior Wimbledon champion 1980, present whereabouts unknown)? And is the girl with distant indigenous heritage, whom the Koori Mail is already hailing as possibly ''another Evonne Goolagong'', really be Australia's best female prospect in two decades?

''I don't think that's necessarily an exaggerated call, based on her ability,'' says Draper. ''Male or female, Ash is probably the most talented, or one of the most talented kids in terms of just hand-eye [co-ordination], skill, feel, she can volley, can slice, she's just one of those really gifted people.

''But it's a long road, and we have a history in this country lately of making kids feel like they've made it before they actually have, and that's certainly not what we intend to do. Yes, there's going to be hype around her, and yes, there's excitement that there's someone there who's as good as she is and is ticking as many boxes as she is, but it's a journey and you never really know until they're on the tour, day in and day out, competing against the best in the world.

''Even someone like Sam [Stosur], it's taken her a long time to get to where she is. There's not many Lleyton Hewitts come along that at 16 years of age are winning tour events and are No. 1 at 20. So that's pretty rare, but, gee, Ash is very exciting. Very exciting.''

Barty's first national title came as a 12-year-old. At 13, she won two International Tennis Federation under-18 events on clay in Ipswich. In August this year, four months after turning 14, she was undefeated while representing Australia at the ITF world junior titles in the Czech Republic. The next month, as the youngest player in the Junior Fed Cup, she finished unbeaten as Australia was placed fifth in Mexico. She owns the Australian title in her own age group, and the one above.

With an international junior ranking of 145, Barty is the third-youngest player among the top 150. Under-age results, of course, can be misleading, because some countries (see Spain) prefer their players to be educated at senior satellite events. For that reason, Barty's most significant result came at the $25,000 ITF women's circuit tournament in Mount Gambier last month, where the Queensland teen defeated top seed and world No. 184 Arina Rodionova (sister of Anastasia) en route to the semi-finals in just her second Open event.

It would not have surprised her coach of nine years, Brisbane's Jim Joyce. ''From day one, Ash showed amazing natural ability and concentration,'' Joyce has said. ''When she was five, her parents rang me and I put her in a group lesson thinking they could bring her back a year later. But she hit a couple of balls back at me and I had her back the next week!''

She is still there, when not spending an invaluable week in Las Vegas training with Andre Agassi's former coach, Darren Cahill, and his long-time trainer Gil Reyes (as she did recently), or when not in Europe honing her game on her favourite surface, clay. Academically, she is dux of her year; encouragingly, she comes from a supportive family who tell Draper and Joyce: ''We don't know anything about tennis. You guys do it.''

Barty will not be overly tall, so building strength is a priority, and Justine Henin sets an example. ''If you're going to walk on court with Serena [Williams] or someone like that, you've got to be able to throw some serious punches back at those sort of heavyweights, so I think that's Ash's real focus,'' says Draper.

''And the other side is that her greatest strength is her mind, but it's also in some ways something she has to work on a little bit.

''She's a little bit of a perfectionist, her expectations of herself are extreme, and she's just got to balance that a little bit. She puts herself under a bit of pressure sometimes, which is great to see.

''You want people who are driven, and all successful people have that, but it's just something that she's got to look at.''

A minor quibble, to be sure, for Fitzgerald's now-identified best-in-a-generation prospect. ''The feedback you get when someone's watched her is always so positive,'' says Draper. ''They just think, 'Oh my God, what a talent'.''

jack21 Nov 21st, 2010 06:05 AM

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Great article, so positive for her to be working with someone like Scott Draper.

Dani12 Nov 21st, 2010 08:40 AM

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Nice article. You can definitely tell in her face that she has some aboriginal blood.

Unfortunately she lost to Dani D in qualies at Traralgon. Not a bad loss by any means as Dani is in good form.

cassiusclay Dec 4th, 2010 04:33 AM

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TS Dec 6th, 2010 12:44 AM

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I don't like it when so much pressure is heaped on a young player before they've even gotten their feet wet on the tour.

Hopefully she has a good team around her that will help keep her grounded.

Territory Dec 27th, 2010 02:13 PM

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Hey did youse know that Ashleigh will get a WTA ranking when the first 2011 rankings come out?

They've changed the rules slightly so that if you have more than 10 ranking points, you automatically get a ranking and don't have to wait until you've clocked up three tournaments. Ashleigh already has 25 points from ITFs last year and will get a ranking of about 740 and will be the highest ranked 14-year-old in the world!! :)

Vicky88 Dec 27th, 2010 10:55 PM

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I hope that the media will leave her alone for a while and let her mature without the expectations of the entire nation on her shoulders. Would not surprise me if she gets a WC to qualifying at the AO.

dok-stos Dec 28th, 2010 08:32 AM

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She'll be fine.
Seems down to earth, like a young Sam Stosur.

OZTENNIS Jan 3rd, 2011 07:02 AM

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Tennis ace heads to Melbourne

Jay Buchan | 29th December 2010 Ashleigh Barty outside Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena where she hopes to contest the Junior Australian Open next month.

INJURIES, like outstanding achievements, are easily dealt with when you are 14 and have your prime ahead of you.
Ashleigh Barty is evidence of as much as she prepares to head to Melbourne to make her mark on the tennis world.
The Springfield 14-year-old strained back muscles competing in the Australian Open wildcard playoffs a fortnight ago but it has hasn’t dented her enthusiasm for what lies ahead this summer.
“I should be back in a week or so,” the ever confident Barty said.
She contested the trials to gain some big time experience, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jelena Dokic and Alicia Molik.
But it all ended too soon when she had to withdraw in her second game.
“It was good to be around those kind of people,” Barty said.
“I just wanted that experience.
“I’ll go back next year and see how I go.”
If her back is okay, she will head to Melbourne to try and earn a spot in the Junior Australian Open field.
Barty and her coaches Scott Draper and Jim Joyce decided to avoid the Brisbane International Tournament, beginning on January 2.
While it is impressive to see a 14-year-old playing on a big stage against seasoned pros, Barty is already wise enough to know her own improvement will come from hard work at training, rather than over-exposure at senior level.
“I was going to try and qualify but we decided to do some training and try and work on a few things that needed tidying up,” she said.
“I’ve had a great year and just want to continue that next year.”
That means more of the same, which saw her reach her first semi-final in a professional tournament and a 21-match winning streak that included Australian under-14 and 16 titles.
“My whole game needs working on,” the young teen admitted.
Barty’s goals for 2011 are to earn herself a professional ranking, which means making the main draw of an International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament, and qualifying for a junior grand slam tournament.
There’s a fair chance she will achieve the latter sooner rather than later, in Melbourne, though she is not creating any expectations.
“It’s playing against the best (junior) players in the world so it is going to be very tough,” she said.
“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.
“It will just be good to see how I go.”

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