Ashleigh Barty is ranked at No. 1 in the world and fellow top-10 players absolutely think the Australian deserves to be ranked where she is. Barty, 25, made an outstanding start to the season as she won Adelaide before capturing her first Australian Open title.
Barty dropped only one set in 11 matches played last month as the only player who was able to take a set off the Australian was Cori Gauff, who achieved it in the Adelaide round-of-16. Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza says she is happy for Barty and the success she achieved this past January.
“I'm very happy for her,” Muguruza said, per Eurosport. “I think that she's showing a very composed No 1 and very solid...tennis-wise we all see she's very talented; but she's taking it in a very mature way, very stable.
Sometimes it's difficult for all this pressure, being at home. Yeah, I’m happy. I think she deserved it”.
Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova speak highly of Barty
World No. 2 Sabalenka thinks Barty definitely deserved to lift the Australian Open title.
“She’s amazing and she deserves it. She fights really hard and her game is really uncomfortable for most of the girls and she uses it really well. So she deserves it,” Sabalenka said. Krejcikova, who won her first Grand Slam title last year, admits she is a Barty admirer.
“It was amazing. I was watching the finals. I think it's really good for her. I really admire her because she is a really good girl, nice girl off the court, but also on the court she is a very tough opponent,” Krejcikova said.
“I think for most of us, for most of the girls, I think she can be a good example to get higher, to finally try to beat her. “I think she deserves it. She works really hard. She belongs where she is right now”.