'Best part of life': Ash Barty's beautiful tribute to family

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Ash Barty (pictured) at an Australian Open press conference holding her niece.
Ash Barty (pictured) praised her team and her family when asked a personal question from a reporter at the Madrid Open. (Getty Images)

World No.1 Ash Barty has delivered a humbling response to a personal question put to her at the Madrid Open.

The Australian avenged her loss to the Spanish wildcard Paula Badosa in Charleston a month ago, in a polished 75-minute display to win 6-4, 6-3 on the Manolo Santana court.

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The win was Barty's 16th in a row on the red clay, and she's now just one match away from a fourth title of the year.

The in-form star might be atop the tennis world right now, but she certainly hasn't let the fame go to her head.

Following the match, a reporter asked Barty what was the best part of her life right now.

But instead of turning the attention on her burgeoning tennis career, Barty responded with a humbling take on things.

"The best part of my life is without a doubt my family and my team," Barty said.

"All of these amazing experiences, I get to experience and they get to enjoy with me.

"I wouldn't be half the person I am without them, I wouldn't have anywhere near the enjoyment if I couldn't do it with them.

"Being able to share all these cool moments with my professional family, but also my personal family, without them I am nothing."

Barty marches into Madrid Open final

Barty said she was excited to reach the Madrid Open final after defeating a tough opponent.

"I'm very excited to be in the final," Barty told the crowd after silencing their support of the Barcelona wildcard.

"Paula's had an incredible week, she's a great fighter and playing her at home here is something I'll always remember.

"I'll try my best (to win the title). I'm looking forward to another match against a quality opponent.

"Physically I'll try to get as ready as best I can, come out here and have fun again."

The win set up a final clash on Saturday against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who she also beat in the Stuttgart final earlier this month.

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