Claiming her fifth title of the year, Ash Barty has won the title at the Cincinnati Masters and when she went up to accept her victory, she asked her team to come on to the court so they could celebrate with her – a generous action many have praised her for.
It’s these types of gestures which prove Barty is a class act – both on and off the court. Fans are praising the 25-year-old for her heartwarming insistence that her team come on to the court and celebrate the victory with her.
Her coach Craig Tyzzer, partner Garry Kissick, physio Mel Omizzolo and physical performance coach Matt Hayes all joined Barty and posed for photos with the trophy.
Barty, who often refers to her achievements as ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, if the first one to acknowledge the role her support team plays in helping her get the best out of herself.
“I know the work that I’ve put in with my team,” she told WTA Insider.
“That’s where all the gold lies. That’s where all of our good stuff hides,” she added.
World No. 1 women’s tennis player
The Aussie tennis star’s dream run ended when she beat Jil Teichmann in the final of the Cincinnati Masters.
With this win, Barty can add this latest trophy to the silverware she’s won in Melbourne, Miami, Stuttgart and at Wimbledon this season as the world No. 1 women’s tennis player.
Barty’s game was impeccable as she played her Swiss rival, beating her 6-3 6-1 to continue her winning streak. She is the first Australian to win this tournament since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley did so 48 years ago in 1973.
Barty told reporters at the Cincinnati Masters: “I think being able to come through and play a really clean week and walk away with the title is probably not what I really expected of myself, but (it’s) certainly nice,”
“Then, when I get to come out here and I get to enjoy my matches and when I’m really locked in, that gold stuff comes forward and that’s when I play my best tennis,” she said.
Barty has been overseas for five months and she opened up on the emotional toll being away from home and playing at such a high level has had on her.
“I think sometimes after big wins — and I felt it both times after the French Open and after Wimbledon — there’s been a little bit of a big crash, more emotionally than anything else, because there’s so much invested into that event,” she said.
“But I’m so incredibly lucky to have such a good team around me who can put things into perspective and then also lift me up and lighten things up, typically those weeks after big events.”
Barty didn’t drop a set in Cincinnati and she’ll head into the US Open later this month as the hot favourite to scoop up major title number three.
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