Australia's top seed Ash Barty has announced her intentions ahead of the Australian Open next month.
The world no.15 is looking to reach the quarter-final of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“That’s the ultimate goal – to try to go deep into the Australian Open, and deep into the other slams throughout the year,” Barty said.
“That’s what will take my tennis and team to the next level, and trying to crack the top 10."
In 2018, Barty reached the fourth round at the US Open, her best ever Grand Slam singles result, and also made third-round appearances at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Early last week, reigning US Open Champion Naomi Osaka rated the 22-year-old Queenslander as a Grand Slam threat next year and while Barty is happy with the compliments she doesn't want to get ahead of herself.
“I think women’s tennis is so open. Anyone in the top 30 can do damage in the big tournaments. We’ve seen that multiple times this year, where we’ve had smokies come through and win the tournament,” Barty said.
“I think (I need to) just keep trusting the process and really take it one step at a time. We are not too far off. It has been a really nice, gradual process, but ideally, I would like to make a second week and a quarter-final for the first time.”
Last night Barty opened her Australian summer of tennis with a straight-sets victory over Alize Cornet at the Hopman Cup.
The victory along with teammate Matt Ebden's win helped Team Australia to victory over France in their first group match.