Barty can see bet­ter days ahead

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

ASH­LEIGH Barty’s grass­court sin­gles cam­paign closed ear­lier than she wished, but the Queens­lan­der is op­ti­mistic the foun­da­tion stones have been laid for fu­ture glory.

Touted by sev­eral as­tute judges as a po­ten­tial fu­ture Wim­ble­don cham­pion, Barty is in the throes of her first full sea­son back since re­turn­ing from a foray into cricket.

Elim­i­nated 7- 5 7- 6 ( 10- 8) from the All Eng­land Club by world No. 5 Elina Svi­tolina, Barty says ma­tu­rity and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of life on the cir­cuit are now strengths.

“I think I’m just more ma­ture,” Barty said. “Ob­vi­ously it’s a very dif­fer­ent life­style to what peo­ple think. I think I’m learn­ing to en­joy the life­style and em­brace the life­style a lit­tle bit more.

“When you’re trav­el­ling week in and week out and you’re on an air­plane ev­ery week in a dif­fer­ent coun­try most weeks, I think I have learned to deal with that bet­ter.

“I was sort of on tour for a cou­ple of years and I just learnt from that.”

A rare tal­ent, Barty has been reg­u­larly com­pared to Martina Hingis and it took all of Svi­tolina’s class to sur­vive the Aus­tralian, who won ju­nior Wim­ble­don as a 15- year- old.

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