World No. 1 Barty expects 2020 to be a golden year

MELBOURNE: Ash Barty won his third Newcombe Medal as the best tennis player in Australia this week, but the world's number one says she hopes to win a more coveted medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 23-year-old had a whirlwind 2019, claiming her first Grand Slam title at the French Open to become the first Australian to win one of the four biggest since Sam Stosur's victory at the 2011 US Open.

Barty also became the first woman in Australia to get the number 1 spot since Evonne Goolagong in the 1970s and led the nation Fed Cup final for the first time in more than a quarter century.

I am really excited to be part of my first Olympic Games, Barty told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday. I think it could make the year very special, but there are so many parts of the year that I am looking forward to.

His first major goal in 2020 will be to end his country's long wait for a local winner in the Australian Open It starts next month. The last was Chris O'Neil, who claimed the women's title in the 1978 tournament.

Barty will be the center of attention as a top favorite at Melbourne Park, but said he would not change his approach.

There are another 127 girls in the draw that I have to try to beat too, he said.

Regardless of the number next to your name, everyone is trying to do the same.

"It's about me preparing in the right way over the next five or six weeks to give myself the best chance to be ready and to be feeling really good coming into the Australian Open ."