Regardless of no matter occurs in her cricket profession, Melbourne Renegades WBBL emerging celebrity Josie Dooley can at all times brag she as soon as received a tennis match with global No.1 Ash Barty.

Dooley, 19, grew up in Queensland the place she additionally dabbled in tennis and performed beneath the similar junior trainer as Barty on the West Brisbane Tennis Centre.

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In 2014, when Barty was once on her sabbatical from the professional tennis circuit, the pair teamed as much as blitz the sector on the little-known Ipswich Open to take the doubles identify.

Dooley admitted she most commonly simply stood again and watched now and then.

“I used to be fortunate sufficient to have her on my workforce,” Dooley laughed.

“I feel I used to be at an advantage status off the courtroom and letting her do all of it.

“I do say now that it was once her first win again after her wreck, so I take slightly of credit score I reckon.”

Barty additionally performed some cricket sooner than returning to the pro tennis ranks, the place and is now the sport’s most sensible ranked participant and a grand slam champion.

Dooley stated he had unquestionably Barty would have reached the similar heights in cricket had she made up our minds to stay with the summer time game.

“She would have performed for Australia needless to say,” Dooley stated.

“She was once main run-scorer in our first-grade pageant in Brisbane and that was once her first season of cricket ever.

“She’d by no means picked up a cricket bat sooner than that, she’s only a freak and in addition one of the vital nicest other folks it’s essential to ever meet.

“I at all times seemed as much as her when I used to be more youthful and I feel it was once the individual she is.”

The Renegades wicketkeeper stated there was once some other game Barty would dominate if she sought after to.

“She’s additionally a gun golfer,” she stated.

“I feel she may just without a doubt hand over tennis now and make it professional in golfing.”

Dooley will Wednesday face her former aspect Brisbane Warmth, who she received a WBBL identify with closing season sooner than becoming a member of the Renegades.

“I will’t wait to tear into them,” she stated.

“They’ve been unbelievable all season and I feel we’re actually going to wish to take it to them early on within the recreation with ball and bat.

“And confidently we will be able to attempt to get on most sensible of them and journey that momentum.”



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