The dark days of Ash Barty: World number one starts with a devastating fight against mental health in which she quit tennis and picked up cricket
- Ashleigh Barty has opened up to her career-threatening mental health struggle
- The newly crowned world number was placed first for the Wimbledon draw
- Barty confessed that she struggled to cope with the pressure of success in 2014
- She abandoned the game to focus on her mental health and well-being
Ashleigh Barty has opened up about her career-threatening mental health struggle that saw her stop playing tennis while she was preparing for Wimbledon.
The brand new world number one was placed first for the Friday draw, making it the first Australian woman to be the number one seed in 46 years.
Barty is the first Australian woman who still shines in her phenomenal season and has won the Wimbledon draw since Margaret Court in 1973.
Only five years ago did Barty step away from the sport to focus on her mental health.
Ashleigh Barty has opened up to her career-threatening mental health struggle where she saw her tennis stop as she prepared for Wimbledon
Only five years ago did Barty step away from the sport to focus on her mental health
MAIN WOMEN'S SEDANS FOR WIMBLEDON
1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
2. Naomi Osaka (JPN)
3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
4. Kiki Bertens (NED)
5. Angelique Kerber (GER)
6. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
7. Simona Halep (ROM)
8. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
She said she had struggled to cope with the pressure to hear the next big thing about the sport after winning the Wimbledown junior crown at the age of 15.
Depressed nostalgia, Barty packed it up after a first round of US Open defeat.
& # 39; We went through that ebb and flow in 2014 & # 39 ;, Barty said.
& # 39; I'm not going to go into details about how I felt and what I had to endure, but there was a time when I thought I knew I had to stop and when I made the decision, it was easy.
& # 39; Everyone is different, everyone is unique. I can't sit here and tell people how to find their way through their lives. It is their decision.
The newly crowned world number was placed first for Friday's draw, making it the first Australian woman to be the number one seed in 46 years
& # 39; For me it was only conscious of my mental health. Having a conversation with people was the best thing that came out of it. & # 39;
Barty said she wouldn't be where she is now if she hadn't taken the time and played professional cricket.
The last time an Australian was top seed with a major, it all ended in despair with Lleyton Hewitt who became the first title defender he lost in the professional round in Wimbledon after he fell in 2003 to serve monster Ivo Karlovic.
Eighteen-fold grand champion Chris Evert claimed that it was a & # 39; Herculean effort & # 39; would be for Barty to expand her 12-match winning streak to the 19 needed to win the biggest prize of tennis.
No wonder the 23-year-old admits that he is not sure how to handle the pressure of favoritism.
Barty said she wouldn't be where she is now if she hadn't taken the time and played professional cricket
& # 39; I don't know, we'll have to wait and see, & # 39; said Barty.
& # 39; I feel like I am playing tennis well, but it is such an open field, if I am brutally honest.
& # 39; It's a completely new situation & # 39 ;, said the French Open champion.
& # 39; For me there are as many new situations as possible at Wimbledon. It is essential that I go out to prepare as well as possible. & # 39;
PEOPLE'S LED SEED FOR WIMBLEDON
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2. Roger Federer (SUI)
3. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
4. Kevin Anderson (RSA)
5. Dominic Thiem (AUT)
6. Alexander Zverev (GER)
7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
8. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
The German title holder Angelique Kerber was placed fifth this year, with seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams the 11th seed.
Alex de Minaur, on No. 25, is the only Australian male seed this year.
Nick Kyrgios is for the first time since the shocking world then No. 1 Rafael Nadal was first kidnapped to reach the quarter-finals as a teenager in 2014.
Kyrgios has dropped to number 43 in the world ranking, making him vulnerable in the Friday draw.
World champion No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is the best seed of the men for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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