SEN tennis expert and First served Brett Phillips thinks Ash Barty couldn’t be in a better place ahead of his home grand slam at the Australian Open.
Barty, a two-time Grand Slam champion and current world number one, had an ideal lead in the tournament, most recently winning the Adelaide International final in straight sets against Elena Rybakina.
While his best previous result at Melbourne Park is a semi-final appearance in 2020, Phillips says Barty will be “so hard to beat” in 2022 due to his flawless preparation.
“It’s one game at a time for Ash,” Phillips said on SEN Breakfast.
“But I still believe that if she’s on top of her game, executing and not making those simple mistakes, then Barty is so hard to beat. But, it’s not a given.
“It’s her best preparation, she looked fantastic, winning Adelaide, you couldn’t have asked for better preparation.”
While the Queenslander will have the nation’s hopes resting on her shoulders, Phillips believes Barty will feel no outside pressure as she strives to become the first Australian to win a Grand Slam on home soil since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
“Now it’s on the main court, but I don’t think Ash – and I mean this seriously – I don’t feel like she’s feeling any pressure from the outside,” he said. -he declares.
“It’s her and her team going about their business, great perspective and good balance.
“If it’s not this year she’ll come back and keep trying, she’s 25, we’re going to be blessed for a few more years.”
Barty is set to meet unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the tournament on center court on Monday night.
However, she has a tricky draw after that and could meet last year’s Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.