30 Astonishing Facts About Ashleigh Barty You Didn’t Know Before

Ashleigh Barty
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Ashleigh Barty, one of the best Australian tennis players in history, is famous for her throwback style, and intelligent shot placements. With her craft style all-court game and diverse array of shots, she is known to get her opponents into trouble. She is the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia. Barty is often compared to the former world No. 1, and five-time Grand Slam singles champion, comeback queen Martina Hingis. Here are some really interesting facts about the Tennis player that will blow your mind:

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  1.  Defeating Karolína Plíšková in the final at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships for the Singles title, she became the first Australian women’s champion at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.
  2.  She started the 2019 season, with a runner up finish at the Sydney International, by defeating three top 15 players, including Simona Halep, for her first career victory over a current world No. 1 player.
  3.  Barty made her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, defeating Maria Sharapova, and becoming the first Australian to make the quarterfinals at the event since Jelena Dokic in 2009.
  4.  She won her only junior Grand Slam title at Wimbledon at the age of 15, becoming the second Australian to win the girls' singles event after Debbie Freeman in 1980.
  5.  She also became the first Australian girl to win any junior Grand Slam singles title since Jelena Dokic at the 1998 US Open.
  6.  Ashleigh Barty was born on April 24, 1996 to Robert Barty and Josie Barty in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Her mother is the daughter of English immigrants.
  7.  Her father worked for the State Library of Queensland, while her mother works as a radiographer. She has two older sisters named Sara and Ali.
  8.  She grew up in Springfield, a suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, and attended the Woodcrest State College. She played netball as a child, but started focusing on Tennis, as her sisters were better than her at netball.
  9.  Through her great grandmother, she is a member of the Ngaragu people, indigenous to southern New South Wales and northeastern Victoria.
  10.  At the age of four, she started working with her longtime junior coach Jim Joyce at the West Brisbane Tennis Centre. She also practiced at home, hitting the ball, against the wall, everyday for hours.
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  12.  It was said that Joyce usually did not train any children as young as Barty, but made an exception for her, due to her excellent hand-eye coordination.
  13.  Around the age of 9, she was actually practicing against boys, who were more than six years older than her. By the age of 12, she was taking on against male adults.
  14.  She met her mentor Alicia Molik, for the first time, at the under-12 national championships in Melbourne. Former tennis professional Scott Draper joined her coaching team, while former top 20 player Jason Stoltenberg, became her primary coach, when she was just 15 years old.
  15.  As a junior, her schedule took her to Europe for most of the time. It was said that when she was just 17 years old, she spent only 27 days with her family, in her home, during the entire calendar year.
  16.  At the age of 13, she started playing low-level events on the ITF Junior Circuit in 2009, and before turning 14, she had already won her first title at the Grade 4 Australian International.
  17.  She reached a career-high ITF world junior ranking of No. 2, having excelled at both singles and doubles. She concluded the season by winning the Junior Fed Cup for Australia with teammate Belinda Woolcock.
  18.  When she was around 14 years old, she started her professional career at an International Tennis Federation (ITF) $25K event in her hometown of Ipswich in April 2010.
  19.  In the year 2012, she had a breakout on the ITF Women’s Circuit, compiling a singles record of 34–4 in nine tournaments to accompany a doubles record of 25–5 while frequently partnering with compatriot Sally Peers.
  20.  She ended the season with a doubles title at the $75K event on carpet in Japan, partnering with Dellacqua for the second time for her biggest title of the year.
  21.  During the 2013-2014 season, she established herself as one of the world’s elite double players, although she turned 17, only around the middle of the season.
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  23.  She started the 2014 season by qualifying for the Brisbane International, in which she won the opening round match against No. 33 Daniela Hantuchová.
  24.  At the age of 16, Barty's Australian Open finals appearance made her the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Tatiana Golovin won the mixed doubles title at the 2004 French Open at the same age.
  25.  She and Dellacqua became the first Australian duo to reach an Australian Open women's doubles final since Evonne Goolagong and Helen Gourlay in 1977.
  26.  Following the 2014 US Open, she announced that she was taking a break from professional tennis. During this hiatus, she tried her hand at Cricket. She returned to Tennis in 2016.
  27.  She became interested in potentially playing cricket after meeting with the Australian women's national team in early 2015, and started training with Andy Richards, the coach of Queensland Fire, in July 2015.
  28.  She started playing for the Western Suburbs District Cricket Club, and led the team to win the Brisbane's Women's Premier Cricket Twenty20 league in the grand final, as the team’s top scorer in the match.
  29.  During the 2018 season, Barty was the 18th seed and reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, where she was defeated by No. 8 Karolína Plíšková.
  30.  With her first Grand Slam singles title victory at the clay court season of 2019 French Open, she became the first Australian to win the French Open in singles since Margaret Court in 1973 and the first Australian to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sam Stosur at the 2011 US Open.
  31.  Following this, her victory at the Birmingham Classic, made her the No. 1 ranked player in the world, as well as the second Australian to be No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings after Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
  32.  Barty represented Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in three events, and won bronze in mixed doubles, partnering with John Peers. Their bronze medal was Australia's first ever medal in an Olympic mixed doubles competition.
  33.  Ashleigh Barty Net Worth: $23 Million

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