Home rest to ease Wimbledon pain for rising star Barty

BIG-MATCH FOCUS: Ipswich tennis player Ashleigh Barty waits for the next play during her impressive Wimbledon doubles campaign with Aussie teammate Casey Dellacqua.
BIG-MATCH FOCUS: Ipswich tennis player Ashleigh Barty waits for the next play during her impressive Wimbledon doubles campaign with Aussie teammate Casey Dellacqua. Peter Macdiarmid - Getty Images

BY THE time Ashleigh Barty returns to her Springfield home today, her mum hopes the disappointment of losing a Wimbledon doubles title will have been replaced by pride in her achievement.

Barty's latest Wimbledon campaign ended with defeat in the doubles final, alongside fellow Aussie Casey Dellacqua.

The 13th seeds fell 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 to the eighth-seeded combination of Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and China's Shuai Peng.

Barty was en route to Australia when the QT spoke to her mum Josie.

She has a rare few weeks rest and recuperation before she turns her thoughts to the US hardcourt season and US Open.

"I think she was a bit disappointed after the loss so we thought we'd leave her till she gets home," Josie said.

Her mum expects Ashleigh's disappointment to soon give way to appreciation of what she has achieved.

In just four major tournaments together, Barty and Dellacqua have reached two finals. They also lost the Australian Open decider in January.

"I think it will take a day or two," Josie said. "Then she'll realise how well they did.

"I think because they didn't play as well as they could have in the final they're disappointed to start with. But they'll get one."

Doing so well at doubles will be some consolation after Barty missed out on qualifying for the singles draw at Wimbledon.

With singles the main focus, there is less pressure in the doubles, which Josie believes enables her daughter to relax and play better.

Josie won't get much of a chance to see Ash when she returns as she has a week's fishing with her dad and uncles planned for North Queensland in the first week she's back.

Her mum is happy to leave them to it and catch up properly after that.

Josie has been a radiographer at the Ipswich hospital since before Ash was born. She is taking the chance to catch up on some much-needed sleep.

After trying to watch Ash play every chance she could get in the dead of night, including Saturday's final, Josie had to work at the weekend.

She was just disappointed the only game she got to see live on television was the final.

Some of her matches she was able to watch streamed through the computer but some were delayed and others not covered at all.

"It was very disappointing we couldn't see them," she said.

Josie is certain Ash will be in need of some down time once home.

It is treasured because it has become such a rarity given Ash's hectic schedule.

"She absolutely needs it," Josie said. "She needs a bit of a refresh.

"It's been a tough trip - a couple of months. She misses her sisters big-time."

And her mum and dad, no doubt.

Not that there will be any special treatment once she's back.

"She's just one of the kids when she comes home," Josie said.



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