Updated December 05, 2015 16:39:22

Former tennis prodigy Ash Barty has proven she is no novelty act with an impressive innings for the Brisbane Heat in the opening match of the inaugural Women’s Huge Bash League.

Just four months right after her initial net session given that producing the switch to cricket, the 19-year-old showed on Saturday she is just as handy with the willow.

She posted 39 off 27 balls, including a six, in the Heat’s 20-run loss to the Melbourne Stars to open the tournament at Junction Oval, which is just down the road from Rod Laver Arena exactly where she faced Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2014.

Batting at quantity six in the Heat line-up, Barty was the second leading-scorer for her side in spite of an “unorthodox” approach.

I have not actually had time to get a set technique so I am just going out there and having a swing so it was good to get some runs on the board.

Ash Barty

“I haven’t truly had time to get a set strategy so I’m just going out there and possessing a swing so it was very good to get some runs on the board,” Barty said.

A dinner with the Australian women’s group prior to their Ashes victory earlier in the year sparked Barty’s interest and she was lured into cricket by the thought of playing a group sport and spending a lot more time at house.

“It is been fantastic in cricket to come into a team atmosphere because it really is the 1st time I’ve ever skilled it and I am loving each moment,” Barty mentioned.

“It was as well much too swiftly for me as I’ve been travelling from fairly a young age.

“I wanted to knowledge life as a typical teenaged girl and have some normal experiences.”

A former Wimbledon junior champion, ranked as higher as number 129 on the women’s expert tour, Barty is nevertheless involved in tennis as a coach and has not ruled out a return at some stage.

She mentioned she had not set any targets in her new sport or a time frame.

“I’m just attempting to discover as considerably as I can and just get pleasure from it and hopefully score a few runs,” she mentioned.


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First posted December 05, 2015 16:37:31

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