Aussie star Ashleigh Barty revealed how she intends to continue her ascension to the top of female tennis in early 2019 in a beautiful style, and her Australian Open quarter will finally test her Grand Slam career.
When she spoke for the first time from the strained loss of eventual finalist Petra Kvitova, Barty lifted her lid on how she could keep quiet when she first moved to the second week of Open, holding her to the ground and a strange mentor leading her to new heights.
Pressure is a factor that has often been attributed to the decline in top local hopes in the Australian opening, with Sam Stosur particularly struggling with this burden for the best part of the decade.
Kvitova ends Barty Party
Barty, however, announced today that she had a team that isolated her from being pressured and helped her pass the expectations of the crowd and massive TV viewer to positive during the Australian summers.
"Not at all, not at all," Barty replied when he asked if Kvitov had a role.
"Petra was fine, it was really, of course I played it only a few weeks before in Sydney and she has the ability to really take a fight from you and she did it in Melbourne.
"So I have no regrets, every minute I enjoyed and during my match with Maria in the fourth round it was certain stages.
"It is obvious that I was very excited, it was my first quarter and I felt like I should not be nervous I did all my preparation, got enough balls, I did all the work and then it was just about to go out and do. "
Barty said her loss simply fell on Kvitova, she was better than she in the day, and that's not a justification for the attitude that has become a trademark for a 22-year-old who is now fourteen around the world.
"First of all she comes from my family," she said.
"Mum and Dad kept me grounded, and I know I'm so happy to sacrifice a lot to persecute my dreams to play tennis and so on my sisters, so everything starts with my family and whatever, what I do on a tennis court is nothing better than going back and seeing a smile on my face, no matter if I won or lost one, which is one of those special things. "
Barty's amazing story
While the family plays a huge role in Barty's life and her success, she is also lucky to call another home model, the Australian tennis legend and seven times the Grand Slam champion Evon Goolagong-Cawley, a mentor.
"During the month of January, we are all so busy hearing so much about her and her husband Roger after every match, and I know she really enjoyed it all week, but I think," Barty said.
"I know he's there and he's done, and he's one of the most successful athletes and successful indigenous athletes in Australian history. It's really cool to have my back and my back."