Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Overexposed, sure, but Ash Barty not feeling overwhelmed ahead of Australian Open

Overexposed, sure, but Ash Barty not feeling overwhelmed ahead of Australian Open

World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has shared a heartfelt moment with her best friend Casey Dellacqua after her second round win over Polona Hercog at the Australian Open.

Melbourne is awash with huge posters of Australia's golden girl following her finish to the year as World No. 1, but Barty said she would have no problem dealing with the hype ahead of her.

Her victory in Adelaide is the first by an Australian woman in Australia since Jarmila Wolfe's Hobart International win in 2011.

The French Open champion had reached finals in Australia before, finishing runner-up twice at the Sydney International after losses to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Petra Kvitova previous year.

"You don't get to play an Australian Open every single week, you don't get to play a Grand Slam every single week", she said.

All looked to be going smoothly for the Queenslander, winning the first set in 30 minutes, but the 19-year-old Yastremska have a ideal example of why she has risen through the rankings.

"I'm doing it with my team", Barty told the media at Melbourne Park following her triumph over Tsurenko.

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It's now her best start to the Aussie summer and hopefully puts Barty in good stead for an assault on the Australian Open, as she looks to end a 42-year wait for a local victor.

Interestingly, she said she learned something there after losing early in Brisbane to start the year.

At Rod Laver Arena, the crowd cheered as the MC proclaimed her top-seeded status during the warm-up, and Barty waved her racquet in acknowledgment as the cheers grew louder when he announced her name. It really doesn't matter whether I win or lose a tennis match, whether I was playing tennis or I wasn't.

Pulling out of the ATP Cup to spend time with family and not playing a lead-up tournament in Australia, Federer knows he has to quickly build into the tournament. It's a great start to the year and I'm sure we'll have many more matches in the future. It was just about me making as many balls as I could. "All I can do is keep trying to put myself in this position".

A three-set comeback victor in the opening round, top-seeded Barty needed barely an hour to see off big-hitting world No.48 6-1 6-4 on Wednesday. "It's been incredible to play at home and a really, really special week".

"All I have to do is go out there and try and do the best that I can".

'I had a beer with her and she was receiving tweets or text messages through that dinner from Ash saying if she got to interview her today, she was going to kill the interview with one word answers, ' Williams said on Channel Nine's coverage.

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