Outside of her native Australia she is hardly known.
When Australia’s No.1 Ash Barty and fellow Queenslander Priscilla Hon combined to beat Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar in the live fifth doubles rubber, handing Australia a 3-2 victory over the United States in Asheville, North Carolina at the weekend, many in the tennis world asked: “Who is Ash Barty?”
The victory in the US have Australia its first appearance in the World Group semifinals since 2014, and just the second since the green and gold advanced to the final of the competition almost 26 years ago.
And Barty was crucial to that result, winning both her singles rubbers before the doubles to go a perfect 3-0 in Asheville.
The 22-year-old has now won 11 consecutive Fed Cup rubbers and extends her competition record to a sparkling 14-2 across both singles and doubles.
“I’ve said right from the start, it’s an honour and privilege to be able to play for Australia. When Mol (captain Alicia Molik) asked me to play three times during the week, I put my hand up absolutely, do whatever she asks,” Barty said.
Ashleigh BartyAUSTRALIAN RANKING: #1WTA RANKING: #13Age: 22Born: 24 April 1996Birth Place: Ipswich, QueenslandLives: Springfield, QueenslandHeight: 163cmPlays: Right-handedCoach: Craig Tyzzer