Barty eyes top 10 after milestone season

Darren Walton
Ashleigh Barty and Alex de Minaur have been named duel winners of the Newcombe Medal for 2018

Grand slam singles spoils should be Ashleigh Barty's next big goal after the US Open doubles champion crowned her stellar 2018 season with a second Newcombe Medal.

That's the opinion of Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik, who believes the 15th-ranked Barty is selling herself short targeting the quarter-finals at the majors.

"Making the second week of the US Open was really special, the US Open was really special for me in all regards, and we're just really excited to try and take the little steps to get to the big ones," Barty told AAP.

"Obviously the elusive top 10 is right there but it's very simple for me: I really want to stay consistent.

"I want to prove I'm a top-15 player, possibly top 10."

Jelena Dokic a decade ago is the only Australian since Molik in 2005 to make the last eight of the Australian Open.

Molik peaked at No.8 in the world after that memorable run before illness cruelly cut her down.

"But Ash is actually better than me," Molik said.

"And better than that (Australian Open quarter-finals) - much better than that because she has a really good tennis IQ, she's adaptable to all surfaces and it's a great time in women's tennis to break through.

"She's already shown how disruptive her game is to that group that's currently at the top of tennis.

"So she's conquered 15, so I'm pretty sure she'll be pushing single digits."

Barty dedicated her second straight Newcombe Medal, which she shared this year with exciting teenager Alex de Minaur, to her coach Craig Tyzzer.

Barty hasn't looked back since turning to Tyzzer after her return to tennis in 2016 following a stint playing professional cricket.

"She's got a brilliant team around her. Her and Craig have the most amazing working relationship," Molik said.

"He's there every single minute of every day.

"We see the awards and see Ash win events but there's a lot of hard yakka and there's a lot of hard days, rough days, with every tennis player.

"Craig's found not just a method but an understanding of Ash and how to get her back up as quickly has he can.

"That's pretty unique for a coach to understand a player that well.

"Those rough times on tour, Craig's been able to navigate that so he is a hero in my eyes, absolutely."