Ash Barty's brilliant response to major criticism

The consummate team player, Ashleigh Barty won't be ditching doubles in pursuit of individual honours in 2020.

Barty will carry a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach into the summer of tennis as she promises to lay it all on the line in her much-hyped quest for Australian Open glory.

And that includes playing doubles with her best mates on tour.

Often criticised for persisting in doubles instead of freeing up her schedule to focus on the singles, Barty isn’t likely to shift from the methods that contributed her best season ever in 2019.

Barty reached all four grand slam doubles finals with "best mate" Casey Dellacqua before landing her maiden singles major at last year's French Open in Paris.

Ash Barty will likely team up with good mate Casey Dellacqua again for doubles matches in 2020. Pic: Getty

As if being Australia's first women's top seed at the Open in 43 years isn't enough pressure, Barty will also arrive in Melbourne bidding to become the first world No.1 to hoist the trophy since the great Serena Williams in 2015.

Such is the depth in women's tennis that Simona Halep at the 2018 French Open is the only other top seed apart from Williams in the past 20 grand slams to claim the title.

Not that Australia's casual sports fans will care too much as they yearn for the hugely popular Barty to end the 41-year Open title drought.

"There shouldn't be any assumptions," Barty said on Thursday.

"There are no certainties in sport and I think that's the beauty of sport - anyone can be beaten on any given day and it's about preparing and doing the best you can do on that day.

"I can't wait to play in front of the Aussie crowd again and go out there and give it my all. Regardless of whether I win or I lose, I think the Aussie public love the fact when Aussie players come out and just give it a crack.

"That's what I can promise. I will go out there and give it my best and whatever happens, happens."

Ash Barty is sticking to the same approach that led to her best season ever in 2019. Pic: Getty

Barty to use 2019 as 2020 blueprint

Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer also suggested that the Aussie's approach to 2020 will be much the same as this year.

“Nothing is gonna change for us,” Tyzzer, the WTA coach of the year, said.

“We are not looking at doing anything different.

“What we did last year was pretty successful so we are going to stick to similar things.

“We have a few things we are working on tennis wise and we will also do a few things differently with her strength and conditioning but pretty much stick to the same program that we have used all the way through.”

With AAP