You seem to forget that the seasons are the opposite way round in the Southern Hemisphere. Cricket is a summer game, so she couldn't start playing it when it wasn't actually being played. She had spoken to the various cricket organisations about playing in the 2015-16 season long before she actually took the field in her first competitive match....Add into it, the narrative around Barty's comeback was "she left to play cricket" but that's not even close to accurate. To my knowledge, she hasn't come out and said "depression" but people close to her (including her father) have effectively said as much. She didn't do much of anything for the first six months after she left the sport; it wasn't until she was feeling up for it again that she started with the cricket. That's....pretty classic depressive behavior.
From her own words, it wasn't until many months into her hiatus that the subject came up.You seem to forget that the seasons are the opposite way round in the Southern Hemisphere. Cricket is a summer game, so she couldn't start playing it when it wasn't actually being played. She had spoken to the various cricket organisations about playing in the 2015-16 season long before she actually took the field in her first competitive match.
It was a great article, had read it before but couldn't remember where. So thanks My favourite paragraph in that has not changed " “I love the challenge of the one-on-one, and the way everyone’s game is unique, and you’ve gotta beat the girl down the other end and it doesn’t matter how you do it. With tennis there’s always a sniff, there’s always a chance, so you keep fighting, because you never know when you’ll win that break, or your opponent will roll an ankle. Sometimes it’s just about digging in and hanging around. It’s never over until we’re shaking hands at the net. Then you’ve either won or you’ve lost and – either way – you look them in the eye and say, ‘Well played, mate.’ ”Four years ago, a burnt-out Ashleigh Barty gave up a flourishing tennis career. Now, ahead of the Australian Open, she’s back as our top-ranked player.www.smh.com.au
They do talk a bit about depression here. I remember reading this article in 2017 when I was trying to learn more about her and it definitely moved me and gave me a lot of appreciation for how she fought despite her mental struggles. To anyone who hasn't read this article yet, please do, it's worth it
On an unrelated note, I remember reading the below article from 2018 and thinking: Ash has so many great shots - why isn't she top 10 yet?! And then boom 2019 happened haha
Ash would love a match with Serena or Naomi, win or lose she doesn't care. They are avoiding her for the brand. THAT is disappointing, not even saying Ash would win.I have never been a massive fan (and was very critical of the period when she was showered with WCs into grand slams, which in fact nearly destroyed her career with too much expectation and too little result). However, I must applaud her for the way she has led the tour this year and won Wimbledon. Osaka had won two consecutive slams and should have been both number one and tour leader but seems to have checked out of tennis, or at least any tennis apart from her handful of favoured hard court events and is far more interested in being some sort of woke sub- Kardashian than a tennis great who can win on all surfaces, in Europe as well as Asia, the Pacific and North America. Barty on the other hand has grown into the role of number one, won on all surfaces, and confirmed her status with that Wimbledon win, all with a minimum of fuss and drama. Her game is a bit too cutesy-tricksy for my liking but it is certainly working at the moment.