Barty pipped in US Open decider
IPSWICH tennis sensation Ashleigh Barty has fallen at the last hurdle in a bid to claim her first grand slam doubles title.
Barty, 17, and fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua lost the US Open women's doubles final in a closely-contested three-set encounter yesterday.
The eighth-seeded Barty and Dellacqua claimed the first set in a tiebreak but eventually went down 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-4 to Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in New York.
The Aussie pair reached the finals of the Australian Open women's doubles and Wimbledon.
Family friend and Ipswich councillor David Morrison said Barty would be a shining light of Australian tennis for years to come.
Cr Morrison said the move from junior to senior tours for the teenager after claiming the Wimbledon girls title as a 15-year-old has improved her game.
"She could have stayed as a junior but the experience she is getting, you can't buy that," he said.
"Not only is she a good tennis player, she's a great kid, very disciplined, very focused and a proud Ipswichian."