Barty: Casey “like an older sister to me”

Ash Barty has praised Casey Dellacqua for the role the Western Australian has played in developing her career.

In an interview ahead of the US Open, 17-year-old Barty said her achievements with Dellacqua on the doubles court have been the highlight of her season, and have helped her feel like she belongs at the top level of the sport.

In 2013, the pair have reached the women’s doubles finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, as well as capturing their first title together at the WTA event in Birmingham.

“It was unbelievable, it was a bit of a fairy tale run getting to the Aussie Open final and … it was really special getting to the final of Wimbledon,” Barty said.

“I felt like we really belonged and it was really awesome playing on centre court.”

The Queenslander said the key to her success with Dellacqua was the fact that they are great friends.

“We get along off the court [even] better than we do on it. We have a bit of fun out there and we know what we achieve but most of the time we’re just having fun and looking forward,” she explained.

“It’s really good playing with Case. She’s like an older sister to me, so it’s nice having somebody like that on tour with you.”

Dellacqua will be in singles action this week in the US Open qualifying event, while Barty takes her place in the main draw as a wildcard.