With the Australian Open tennis on, the Kyrgios, Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt feud has dominated headlines, distracting from the young and upcoming Australian champions who are quietly but fiercely winning their matches.
Despite Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic both being defeated in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament, they nevertheless have taken the spotlight with their controversial words.
But have you heard of Ash Barty?
The 22-year-old Indigenous woman is currently ranked 15 in the world. In the Australian Open, she has won all three of her matches in straight sets and will now enter the fourth round.
Her achievements in the tennis world have been sensational, her passion for the game is clear and her attitude towards each match is refreshing.
“When I am playing well I’m really enjoying myself out on court and that is all I can ask of every match,” she said on Wednesday after she won against Chinese player Wang Yafan in the second round. “If I win it’s a bonus.”
“If I lose, the sun still comes up the next day and it’s all good.”
Who is Ash Barty?
Ash Barty is Australia’s number one women’s tennis player.
Born in 1996, Barty grew up in Springfield, Queensland, with her parents Josie and Robert Barty and two older sisters, Sara and Ali. Her father is from the Ngarigo indigenous people and her mother is of English decent.
According to Sydney Morning Herald she met her junior tennis coach Jim Joyce when she was five years old and when she was nine he was making her practice against 15 year old boys. Joyce says she was winning so many matches in the junior competitions that she began to donate the trophies to struggling tennis clubs.
At the age of 15, Barty became the 2011 junior Wimbledon champion.