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Barty could get to world No.1, says Woodbridge

Ashleigh Barty is being touted as a future world No.1 and French Open title force following her rele..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at April 2, 2019

Ashleigh Barty is being touted as a future world No.1 and French Open title force following her relentless march up the tennis rankings.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Todd Woodbridge, a nine-times doubles champion at the All-England Club, believes Barty has the weaponry to not only challenge for grand slam glory on grass but possibly even land a maiden major on the Paris clay this year.

Bartys low-key celebration after winning the Miami Open crown, long regarded as the sports fifth major, has Woodbridge believing the 22-year-old could be on a journey all the way to the top.

Shes really comfortable with her results. She believes obviously that shes good enough now to beat any player in the world, Woodbridge said.

Ash Barty.

Ash Barty.Credit:Photo: AP


Her celebrations werent over the top last week. She could have really have gone a bit nuts over knowing shed made the top 10.

But that didnt happen. That to me is an indication that 'OK, Im nowhere near what my goal is and Im just taking each step now to becoming ever so closer to reaching whatever her goal might be, whether thats to win a slam or potentially even get to No.1.

Theyre lofty goals but, gee, they look like theyre reachable.

After spearheading Australias Fed Cup semi-final against Belarus in Brisbane this month, Barty will launch her European clay-court campaign in Madrid from May 4 ahead of the French Open.

And after ending 2018 with title success in Zhuhai, then opening 2019 with runs to the Sydney final and Australian Open quarters before winning Miami, the new world No.9 suddenly finds herself within sight of the No.1 ranking.

The actual rankings points are pretty tight now. Its less than 2000 points towards getting to No.1, Woodbridge said.

Getting from 11 to nine was a big jump. Now getting from nine to three is not as much in terms of one more good result.

So shes really knocking on that door of the top.

A junior Wimbledon champion at just 15, Bartys old-school game is made for grass.

Woodbridge, though, says its also suited very much toRead More – Source

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