“It was a tough decision but I’m very grateful and very appreciate that I get to do what I love, to play tennis. We are very lucky as players, to play with freedom and have fun,” stated Barty, who will take on world No.45 Magda Linette in the second round.
“I talk to my family every single day and I know they’re watching and enjoying the journey with me. I have a fantastic team here and we have a lot of fun together every single day, doing what we love, which is extra special.”
Speaking of home, Barty’s heart went out to her compatriots in lockdown, learning of the social media buzz created by her gritty victory.
“We're certainly feeling their pain right now,” she said. “Obviously if we can come out here and do what we love and it brings a smile to some faces in Victoria, that's incredible.”