Jelena Dokic: I see Ashleigh Barty as a Grand Slam contender

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Jelena Dokic: I see Ashleigh Barty as a Grand Slam contender

According to former World No.4 Jelena Dokic, Australian No.1 and Top-10 player Ash Barty has the game and the confidence to win a Grand Slam singles title in the coming years. “I definitely see her as a Grand Slam contender,” said Dokic.

“I‘m not sure if she’s going to win one this year, maybe, but she’s definitely a favourite to win one in the next couple of years,” she further added. Barty is also the only woman ranked inside the top 10 for both singles and doubles (No.8).

“She had a huge breakthrough at the Australian Open, and also to win Miami,” added Dokic. “That’s such a huge title, probably the biggest one outside of the Grand Slams, so I think that was really important, and for her to be eight in the world and get a really high seeding at the Slams helps.

“It’s been exciting to see her develop over the last two or three years. She’s always had that potential and she’s still so young. It’s great to see her doing well because she’s one of those players you don’t get to see so often”.

“She has such an incredible skill level, she’s such a smart player, uses the court so well, she’s moving so well, fit, very confident”. Speaking about the upcoming generation of young guns, Dokic added, “To have so many players in the top 100 and getting direct entry into Grand Slams is really exciting,” said Dokic. “I think Australian tennis is definitely on the up”.