John McEnroe: Barty is the best volleyer in the Women’s Game

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John McEnroe: Barty is the best volleyer in the Women’s Game

Though the likes of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios are dominating the headlines for their off court demeanour, Ash Barty is taking quiet strides at the Australian Open and John McEnroe shared his thoughts on the young Australian, who is still alive at the Australian Open.

“I like her (Barty) in a lot of ways, she plays with a lot of energy. To me, she’s someone I can relate to because I believe she’s become a better player because she plays doubles,” tennis legend John McEnroe said on the Channel 9 coverage of Barty.

“She’s probably the best volleyer in the women’s game right now and that pumps me up. She’s very aggressive too”. He further added, “The down side for her is she’s not as big as a lot of the other players - she could potentially be blown off the court if one of these big hitters has a big day”.

“But she competes really well, like Alex de Minaur, they’re two of the best competitors around you’ll see. Usually if you make a great effort, good things happen and it’s happened with both of those two right now”.

Barty faces Greek Maria Sakkari for a place in the Second Week of the Australian Open, with a possible clash against either of former champions Caroline Wozniacki or Maria Sharapova for a place in the Quarterfinals. ALSO READ Beating Serena Williams at the Australian Open will be difficult - Corretja