Ash Barty: World No 1 praises depth of talent in women’s tennis in run-up to Australian Open | Tennis News

“You have to give your best every time to be able to compete with everyone and give yourself the chance to win the big titles”; Ash Barty is playing for Adelaide International as he intensifies his preparations for the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 17th

Last updated: 03/01/22 11:45


World number one Ash Barty is stepping up her preparations before playing in her home Grand Slam, the Australian Open

World number one Ash Barty praised the depth of talent in women’s tennis after a fifth consecutive year in which the women’s Grand Slams were won by different players.

In 2021, Barty herself was crowned Wimbledon champion – her second Grand Slam after her 2019 French Open title – Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open, Barbora Krejcikova won at Roland Garros and Britain discovered a new global superstar in Emma Raducanu with her stunning run to the US Open title.

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There was also a new champion at the WTA finals, with Garbine Muguruza coming out victorious, and at the Tokyo Olympics, where Belinda Bencic won gold.

Prior to his appearance at Adelaide International, one of the preparatory events for the Australian Open, Barty said: “There are new challengers every year, regardless of who is at which point in the standings.

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“There have certainly been a number of breakthrough years up until 2021, the girls really stepped up, they’ve been able to play really consistent seasons, which is exciting to watch for the women’s game.

“There really is a really good depth and you have to give your best every time to be able to compete with everyone and give yourself a chance to win the big titles.”

Barty won Wimbledon for the first time in 2021 after a three-set win over Karolina Pliskova in the final

Barty won Wimbledon for the first time in 2021 after a three-set win over Karolina Pliskova in the final

Barty also stressed the importance of playing in warm-up competitions, such as Adelaide, early in the season, especially after the 25-year-old gave up the WTA Finals and Billie Jean King Cup late last year.

“It’s a different beast. You just have to have fun and work on it in the first couple of weeks because you don’t often play your best tennis at the start,” Barty said.

“I can’t wait for the challenge to start here in Adelaide to try to find my rhythm, I really enjoy being back on the field.”

Barty has received his farewell in the second round of Adelaide International, where he will face the winner of the first round between 17-year-old American Coco Gauff and Norwegian qualifier Ulrikke Eikeri.

The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on January 17th.

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