Barty's first singles title lifts her into top 100 after cricket cameo
Mar 07 2017
Ashleigh Barty's return to tennis just keeps getting better, with the Queenslander taking out her first WTA singles title.
It is a remarkable revival for Barty who only returned to tennis past year after taking time out to play cricket. "It's a tribute to all the work we did in the offseason, and previous year, coming back". I don't think I could have physically have played any more matches.
"I'm very happy to come away with two titles, but even if we didn't it would have been a fantastic tournament anyway".
The 20-year-old breezed past Japan's Nao Hibino 6-3 6-2 in a rain-hit Malaysian Open final in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (Monday AEST).
Barty later combined with compatriot Casey Dellacqua to win the doubles final, beating fourth seeds Nicole Melichar and Makoto Ninomiya 7-6 6-3, for her third career doubles title. It hasn't quite been 12 months since I started playing singles again.
The pull of competitive sport soon lured her into cricket, however, and it was not long before she secured one of only 14 professional contracts handed to women in her home state of Queensland in 2015. She was desperately trying to keep tabs on Australia's tour of India between her matches in Kuala Lumpur.