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20 January 2018
Australia's Ashleigh Barty. Australia's Ashleigh Barty.

On Saturday night at the Australian Open, Ashleigh Barty will stand on the brink of her biggest achievement in tennis - reaching the fourth round of a major.

The 21-year-old's rise through the sport has been incredible to watch, and all the more given her two-year hiatus in 2015 and 2016.

Beginning the world ranked outside the top 150, Barty defeated grand slam winners Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko and others to surge into the sport's top 20 players.

She made finals in Kuala Lumpur, Birmingham and Wuhan, and more recently Sydney, and was crowned John Newcombe Medallist.

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