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22
Dec
11

15 year old Ashleigh Barty is ready to move up to the WTA tour.

Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Barty from Queensland is set to make her WTA Tour debut following the granting of wildcards into Brisbane International qualifying and the main draw of the Moorilla Hobart International in January. “Ashleigh has achieved some amazing results this year, winning Junior Wimbledon and then the play-off, earning a wildcard into the Australian Open,” Craig Tiley, AO Tournament Director and Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis said today. “Playing qualifying at Brisbane, a WTA Premier event, and then the main draw in Hobart, will give her the best possible preparation for her first Grand Slam tournament. “We’ve worked closely with Ash’s team – AIS Women’s Coach Nicole Pratt and coach Jason Stoltenberg, to come up with the best option for Ash in terms of her future development and progression to the pro ranks.” “I’m really looking forward to playing both qualifying in Brisbane and the main draw of Hobart,” Barty said.

“I know I’ll have to really step up to compete against the top girls in the WTA and it’s going to be pretty tough and a big challenge. But I also know it’s going to be a really important part of my development and improvement as a player. I’m going to make the most of the experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

 

09
Dec
11

Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty has breezed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open wildcard tournament.

Two more wins would see the 15-year-old Queenslander in the main draw of next month’s Australian Open. Barty defeated Emelyn Starr from New South Wales 6-3 6-2 on Thursday. “It was tough out there today,” Barty said. “It was a little bit windy and the sun was pretty bad at one end but I was able to put my game together just long enough to get the win.” Barty upset top seed Casey Dellacqua in the first match of the round robin event and is shaping as a strong favourite for the wildcard. “I just wanted to see how I went. I was just out here to have fun and to play against Casey was great,” she said. Barty admitted she had “definitely” surprised herself with her progress but is unsure about whether she is prepared for an Open main draw spot. “I’m not really sure, I’m ready when I’m ready. I can’t tell you when that will be but I’ll just keep developing and see if I get there,” she said.

Dellacqua won her second match but due to an earlier loss will have to rely on Tennis Australian providing her with a discretionary wildcard into next month’s grand slam. After winning six straight Pro Tour events in the past three months she is certain to be awarded a place in the draw.




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