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Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

The Queenslander’s run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic’s spat

Ashleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of story Australian tennis badly needs right now.

While various stars of the men’s game here, faded and flickering, former and current, embarrass themselves on an almost daily basis by bickering in public over private rows, the 22-year-old Queenslander with the open smile and rock-solid game has been quietly working her way to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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