Wimbledon is a sporting tournament that commands the attention of even the most disinterested tennis fans.
But this year, the women's final in the London based grand slam tennis tournament will also command the attention of the cricketing world.
Enter one Ashleigh Barty, currently ranked the number one player in the world for singles by the Women's Tennis Association.
An esteemed tennis career to date, but few know that in she has also spent time as a professional cricketer.
After the 2014 US Open, Barty announced she was taking a break from professional tennis, and proceeded to make the switch to cricket.
Barty approached Queensland Cricket about how she could get involved with the sport.
Andy Richards, the then coach of the Queensland Fire (to become the Brisbane Heat), was immediately impressed with Barty's skill set, saying the following:
“Her skill from the first time she picked up a bat was outstanding from a coach's perspective... She never missed a ball in her first session. That's what attracted me as a coach to her as a player, her ability to pick up things really quickly.”
Impressing with lesser teams, she signed with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) Twenty20 season.
Barty hit 39 off 27 balls with one six in a match against the Melbourne Stars on debut. She remained a regular member of the team, but only had a double figure score once more during the season.
At the end of the 2016 season, Barty announced she was returning to professional tennis, and one French Open title and now a chance to win Wimbledon later, the rest is history.
Barty will apply all of that mental resilience she learnt playing cricket and will hope to overcome Karolína Plíšková on Saturday.
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