On Saturday Barty ended her nation’s 44-year wait for an additional girl Australian Open champion, as Chris O’Neil — the final Australian Open ladies’s singles winner in 1978 — applauded from the stands at Melbourne Park.
“It’s simply been an unbelievable journey over these previous 20 years of hitting a tennis ball however significantly the final 5 – 6 years on this second section of my profession,” stated Barty, who additionally received the 2019 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon titles.
However “hitting a tennis ball” just isn’t all that the 25-year-old Barty has performed over the past twenty years. She is equally adept at driving the cricket and golf balls.
#Throwback to 19 12 months outdated @ashbarty Surprise if there was any pre-game tunes tonight 🎶 #AusOpen https://t.co/oqSGJKYiAn
— Brisbane Warmth (@HeatBBL) 1643455308000
BARTY THE CRICKETER
By 2014, Barty was already a junior Wimbledon champion and virtually destined for tennis fame. However the identical 12 months she determined to modify the racquet for a willow on the Western Suburbs District Cricket Membership in Brisbane.
It did not take lengthy for her to earn a contract with the membership, due to her half-century in one among her opening video games.
Her batting abilities caught the attention of Women’s Big Bash League group Brisbane Warmth who signed her for the inaugural season in 2015-16, during which she performed 9 matches.
(File picture of Barty taking part in for Brisbane Warmth – Photograph credit score: Brisbane Warmth Twitter)
To not overlook Barty’s century for Queensland within the Girls’s Nationwide Cricket League the identical season. She averaged a powerful 46.60 with the bat.
However tennis would be pleased about Barty’s change of thoughts regardless of a profitable begin in skilled cricket. She returned quickly to the game she performed as a younger lady and picked up the tennis racquet once more.
With a historic title on the Australian Open, Barty now has received three of the 4 Grand Slams, with simply the US Open left to beat.
Ash Barty nonetheless retaining the cricket abilities sharp when she’s not on the courtroom.#AusOpen https://t.co/P0rlXl8ZeO
— Vivek Jacob (@vivekmjacob) 1643224138000
ON THE GOLF COURSE
Barty in some ways is the quintessential Aussie. From a really early age, Australians are inspired to play a number of sports activities and the general outdoor tradition of the nation sees youngsters attempt their hand at numerous sports activities.
Barty’s tryst with golf can, nonetheless, be termed incidental, though her father had represented Australia as an beginner.
After Covid-19 shredded the sports activities calendar across the globe in 2020, Barty determined to check the greens on the golf course after opting out of the French Open and US Open citing pandemic considerations.
(Photograph Supply: Twitter)
Barty showcased her all-round sports activities abilities there too, profitable the match-play ultimate to clinch the Brookwater Golf Membership championship in September 2020.
For now although, the world primary ladies’s singles participant is firmly targeted on her old flame, tennis.