One of the greatest of all times – Rod Laver recently spoke about Ash Barty, saying that the Australian will be a tough lady to beat at Wimbledon this year. Joining him was Margaret Court, who too was all praise for the young gun.
Catapulting to World No.2 following her Roland Garros win, Barty smashed Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the finals, dropping just 4 games en route to her first major title. Laver believes she can adapt her game to grass as well.
"There are some other big girls out there that are big servers and have good ground strokes but Ash is tenacious, has a good drop shot, good angles, good anticipation," Laver told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I really think she'll be a tough lady to beat”.
He further added, "You could see her concentration has been much better. Sometimes before, when she missed something she would have a 'hang-dog' look about her if she missed a forehand. She would drop away and maybe think, 'This game is too tough to play'
But now everything she hits is perfect." Court spoke about Barty’s chances at Wimbledon, saying, "I've watched most of her matches throughout the year and I've seen the improvement. She's got a very good all-round game.
She can hit through the ball. She can slice, volley, she's got a good serve and smashes well. There's an all-round game. There's not a weakness there." She ended by speaking about Barty’s temperament, saying, "She is a very good role model. She is good for our nation. I think she is very refreshing."