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Monday, 6 March 2017

WTA ALYA Malaysian Open - It was twice as nice for Ashleigh Barty as she won the doubles and the singles crown







TWICE AS NICE FOR BARTY, WINS DOUBLES TITLE WITH DELLACQUA

It was twice as nice for Ashleigh Barty in Kuala Lumpur as she won the doubles title with Casey Dellacqua.
Published March 05, 2017 12:11
Twice As Nice For Barty, Wins Doubles Title With Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - It was twice as nice for Ashleigh Barty in Kuala Lumpur as she won the doubles title with Casey Dellacqua - adding that to the singles crown she had secured earlier in the day.
The Australian pair beat Nicole Melichar and Makoto Ninomiya 7-6(5), 6-3, coming back from 5-1 down in the first-set tiebreak to lift the trophy in straight sets.
"I feel great - very tired but great," said Barty afterwards. "It's been a monster week for me. I don't think I could have physically have played any more matches. I'm very happy to come away with two titles today, but even if we didn't it would have been a fantastic tournament anyway. Now it's just an absolute bonus."


Her partner Dellacqua admired the way that their opponents had played, giving them a tough time in the first set. 
"They were playing really good tennis, really good doubles," she said. "We just had to play each point as best we could. That's all we did, we just applied ourselves really well for each of those points in that tiebreak especially.
"In tennis, you're never out of it, I think that was pretty crucial to get that first set, and then just to get a break in the second, to space that lead out a little bit. That tiebreak, we did really well after being 5-1 down."
Dellacqua is enjoying her time on court with her good friend Barty, and was delighted that she won the singles title - even if she was not actually able to watch it.
"It's pretty nice to play with someone that's just come off and won the singles, that's always good!" laughed the 32-year-old. "I'm just stoked that I'm back. I wouldn't be out here and enjoying it as much if it wasn't playing with Ash, so yes, I feel good, I feel very happy that I was here to witness her, even though I didn't get to watch, win her first title. I know that there'll be many more to come. For us to win the doubles is an extra bonus. It's pretty exciting."
The pair burst into laughter when they were asked post-match whether they intended to continue playing doubles together.
"No, I don't want to play with her again!" grinned Dellacqua.
"We're done!" added Barty.
Once the hilarity subsided, Dellacqua gave a more serious response.
"Yes, of course. Ash has got a big load, she's playing singles, so we'll play whenever we can. When we do play we always enjoy it, and we go out there to do our best."
Winning a Grand Slam title, of course, remains their ultimate goal.
"It's a big dream to win [a Slam doubles title]," agreed Dellacqua. "We've made three Grand Slam finals together and we've never won one, but we don't talk about it too much any more!
"If that happens, it happens. It's about each week, each journey, just trying to get the best out of ourselves this week, and if that comes along, we'll certainly be trying our best to win."






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