Ten­nis champ trades racket for golf clubs

Is there any­thing you can’t do?

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - SPORTS -

SYDNEY, Aus­tralia (AFP) — Multi-tal­ented Ash­leigh Barty has con­quered ten­nis, been a pro­fes­sional crick­eter and has now added an­other string to her sport­ing bow by win­ning a golf tour­na­ment.

The world No. 1 Aus­tralian would or­di­nar­ily be in Europe pre­par­ing to de­fend her French Open crown on the Roland Gar­ros clay.

But she pulled out over coro­n­avirus fears, hav­ing also missed the US Open, and in­stead of swing­ing a rac­quet picked up her golf clubs.

The 24-year-old proved she has what it takes on a course de­signed by Greg Nor­man, claim­ing the Brook­wa­ter Golf Club women’s ti­tle near Bris­bane with a com­mand­ing 7 and 5 tri­umph in the match­play fi­nal.

“Cham­pi­ons,” she wrote on In­sta­gram Mon­day ac­com­pa­ny­ing a pic­ture of her­self hold­ing a tro­phy along­side men’s win­ner Louis Dobbe­laar.

“Is there any­thing you can’t do?,” asked one so­cial me­dia user, while an­other equally in awe wrote: “Wait...what? Ten­nis — Cricket — Ten­nis — Golf? @ash­barty — you beauty!”

Barty, who played cricket for Bris­bane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in 2015-16, has been work­ing on her golf game dur­ing her COVID-19 en­forced ab­sence from ten­nis.

Lo­cal me­dia said she had slashed her hand­i­cap from 10 to four while play­ing rounds with fel­low Grand Slam win­ner Pat Rafter and her boyfriend Garry Kis­sick.

Kis­sick is a PGA trainee pro­fes­sional at Brook­wa­ter, where he first met Barty in 2016.

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