Ash's parent fly to US for their star's doubles campaign
IPSWICH rising tennis star Ash Barty has her parents on hand as she faces another Grand Slam final with partner Casey Dellacqua.
The pair won through to the final of the US Open women's doubles with a 6-2 6-2 defeat of India's Sania Mirza and China's Jie Zheng.
The Australians dominated most of the semi-final and will now play the winner of the other semi-final between the daunting Williams sisters Serena and Venus and Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.
That was scheduled to be played at 2.30 this morning our time and the final is due to be played tomorrow morning.
Ash's father Robert said he and his wife had flown to the United States to be with their daughter during the US Open.
"Josie and I are in New York with Ash and her team at the moment," Mr Barty said.
"The girls have had really tough matches all the way through the event. Each match is basically decided by whoever can win the big, critical points."
Barty has never played the Williams sisters before and Dellacqua has lost all her previous matches against them.
But 17-year-old Barty and Dellacqua are yet to drop a set at the US Open this year, continuing an impressive run at their fifth event together.
They also reached the doubles final of the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, which came two years after Ash won the girls' singles title at the All England Club.
Another source of pride for Ash is her third nomination for Female Sportsperson of the Year in the Deadly Awards.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday at the Sydney Opera House.