Former world No. 39 Jill Craybas thinks Ashleigh Barty represents tennis on the best possible way. Barty, 25, is a two-time Grand Slam champion and for the third year in a row she finished ranked at No. 1 in the world. Barty has been a top payer for a couple of years now and she has never gotten into any type of controversy.
"Ashleigh Barty is just an all-natural athlete and an amazing person. I think she's definitely a great representation for the women's game," Craybas said during her appearance on the Tennis Talk podcast, as revealed on Sportskeeda.
"The way she carries herself on the court, her demeanor, the way she speaks. I think she's just awesome to have at the No. 1 spot."
Craybas a fan of Paula Badosa
Badosa enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2021 as she won her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, debuted at the WTA Finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career.
"I saw Paula Badosa play in Guadalajara and I was so impressed. I heard quite a few coaches on the tour saying she is definitely going to be No. 1 soon. They think she is definitely going to be a contender for No. 1," Craybas said.
Craybas wouldn't be surprised if Badosa won the Australian Open. "Who do I fancy for Melbourne? I am going to go with Badosa," Craybas said. Badosa recently made it clear that her goal for 2022 is to make a deep run at the Grand Slam level.
"I'm going to try. I am training, giving my one hundred percent because my goal is to reach the latter stage in the big tournaments and at the Grand Slams. My goal now is to go to Australia and do my best. Win the maximum matches," Badosa said. It remains to be seen how far can Badosa go at Melbourne Park in January.