Certification: Tennis Australia
- Has worked with Ashleigh Barty for four years
- Barty finished 2019 with the World No.1 ranking
- Captured several of her biggest titles in 2019, including the WTA Finals, Roland Garros, Miami, and Birmingham
- Posted finalist appearances in Sydney and Beijing
- Took home the Rome doubles title with Victoria Azarenka
- Finished the year ranked No.19 in doubles
Barty: We'll bounce back from 'bloody tough' loss
11 Nov 2019
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty admitted it was “bloody tough” to emerge on the losing side of Australia’s first Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final in 26 years, but echoed captain Alicia Molik’s sentiments of pride in a journey to the final that began long before 2019.
A day after posting the first 6-0 6-0 victory in a Fed Cup final against Caroline Garcia, Barty saw her 15-match winning streak in the competition snapped by Kristina Mladenovic, who went on to lead France to a 3-2 win at Perth’s RAC Arena.
Barty appeared devastated during the trophy presentation, having anchored Australia’s run to the final with three wins against both USA and Belarus, but vowed to channel her disappointment into the team’s 2020 campaign.
“You can see how much it means to all of us, and obviously it’s bitterly disappointing to be sitting here not with the result we were after,” said the reigning Roland Garros champion. “But all in all, it’s about taking a bit of perspective, and this team, this group of girls – personally I wouldn’t want to be sitting here with anyone else.
“Obviously it’s a tough one, something that all of us have been looking forward to for six months. Now it’s about resting, recovering and reflecting on the year that’s been, for me and for all of us. From a Fed Cup-specific point of view, the journey we’ve been on has just been remarkable, it really has. Even though it’s bloody tough now, in a couple of days’ time we’ll be alright. To be able to be in the Fed Cup final is something that is very precious. We’ll cherish it, and it’ll drive us more for next year.”