Former world No. 1 Chris Evert has backed Ashleigh Barty to complete a Career Grand Slam. Evert, one of the most accomplished players in tennis history, captured 18 Grand Slam titles during her career. "The Career Grand Slam is huge.
It takes the pressure off. It’s like you win two, you’re going for the third and then when you win that, you’d hate to end your career winning three out of the four… you’ve just got to go for that last elusive fourth one and make it complete… then you’re a complete champion," Evert said in the latest edition of Eurosport's "Legends Voice."
"If I were to put money on anybody achieving it today, it would be (Ash) Barty because she’s got an all-court game, great defense and offense. She’s proven that by winning Wimbledon, she’s great on fast surfaces and by winning the French Open, she’s great on slow surfaces, so she’s going to be good on the surfaces that are midway between those two extremes.
"It’s tougher right now because there’s just such more depth. In our day, it would be someone in the Top 4 winning a Grand Slam, but now it’s someone in the Top 30 - or even look at Emma (Raducanu) at the US Open!
I would admire somebody even more if they did win the four today."
Barty a win away from a third Grand Slam
World No. 1 Barty earned her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2019. Last year, Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon final to win her second Grand Slam title.
On Thursday, Barty saw off Madison Keys to reach her first Australian Open final. Barty now has a great chance to win her third Grand Slam as she faces world No. 30 Danielle Collins in the Australian Open. Should Barty beat Collins, she would then only need a US Open title to complete a Career Grand Slam.