Don’t put pressure on Barty, says coach
Despite Ash Barty breaking through for her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur, coach Craig Tyzzer has cautioned fans on getting too ahead of themselves as the young Aussie continues her comeback to tennis.
Australian tennis fans craving success are being urged not to expect too much too soon from Ash Barty.
Barty’s comeback from a long break from the game in 2015 reached its highest point when she won her maiden WTA singles title at the Malaysian Open this week.
The speed of the 20-year-old’s resurgence has surprised even herself, with the breakthrough securing her a spot in the world’s top 100 to guarantee direct entry for Grand Slam events.
But coach Craig Tyzzer called for patience around Barty’s career.
“Each week, you’re going out and competing against girls who are just as hungry and just as good,” Tyzzer told AAP.
“So, you’ve got to take wins and losses and battle through it.
“It’s not going to be easy for Ash and she knows that. Her expectations aren’t up in the stratosphere. She’s got her feet well and truly planted on the ground.
“Everyone should look at it and go, ‘great result, but don’t expect that every week’.”
Despite a relatively easy draw in Kuala Lumpur, Barty beat four higher-ranked players to claim the trophy as she improved her world ranking from 158th to 92nd.
Barty, a Wimbledon junior champion, will turn her attention to earning a wildcard entry for the doubles with fellow Australian and close friend Casey Dellacqua at Indian Wells this week before contesting the singles and doubles of the Miami Open a week later.
Tennis Australia’s Nicole Pratt, who heads the body’s women’s program, said Barty’s main goal should be consistent improvement.
“She’d like to perform well at Grand Slams. She performed well at the Australian Open and she’d like to take that into the French Open and probably her favourite tournament Wimbledon,” Pratt told AAP.
“Ash has always been a player that’s had a lot of hype around her from an early age.
“I personally just want to see her continue to enjoy the game and I think if she does that, the sky’s the limit.”