Rival reveals the reason Ash Barty is unbeatable - and barely playable - at the Australian Open

After being thrashed by the world No.1, Jessica Pegula has pinpointed an unstoppable aspect of the Aussie’s game.

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After being thrashed by the world No.1, Jessica Pegula has pinpointed an unstoppable aspect of the Aussie’s game.

“I think she’s definitely living in everyone’s head a little bit,” Pegula said.Ash Barty, right, is congratulated by Jessica Pegula following their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open.Credit:/APPegula added why she believes Barty, whose backhand slice repeatedly forced the American into uncomfortable positions on the court, is a world apart from her competition.

“Honestly, she just does everything I think a little bit better than everybody,” she said.“Just for like women’s tennis as well, she kind of plays more like a guy, maybe a different kind of style that we’re not used to playing day in and day out.“So it’s really hard to come from someone that hits the ball really hard to someone that’s giving you all these different shots that you don’t normally see.

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The 27-year-old later admitted she, and most likely all other players in tennis at the moment, fear playing against Barty in that sort of form. “I think she’s definitely living in everyone’s head a little bit,” Pegula said. Ash Barty, right, is congratulated by Jessica Pegula following their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Credit: / AP Pegula added why she believes Barty, whose backhand slice repeatedly forced the American into uncomfortable positions on the court, is a world apart from her competition. “Honestly, she just does everything I think a little bit better than everybody,” she said. “Just for like women’s tennis as well, she kind of plays more like a guy, maybe a different kind of style that we’re not used to playing day in and day out. “So it’s really hard to come from someone that hits the ball really hard to someone that’s giving you all these different shots that you don’t normally see. “So if you’re not really playing that all the time, it’s really hard to go out and kind of play that way with her and figure it out. “I think she just does everything better honestly than most people. And just for her size, the fact that she serves so well I think is a big difference.” Ash Barty’s backhand slice repeatedly forced the Jessica Pegula into uncomfortable positions on the court. Credit: / AP Barty is yet to drop a set at the Open this year and declared the thrashing of Pegula her “best tennis” of the tournament so far. Barty set the tone with a break of her opponent’s serve in the opening game and held her own serve at each time of asking, offering up just one break point in seven games. The 25-year-old Queenslander sent down six aces and generated an 81 per cent winning rate on her first serve, while smacking 17 winners to Pegula’s seven. “That was solid tonight, I had a lot of fun out here,” Barty said. “I was able to serve and find a lot of forehands in the centre of the court, and I was happy to take the game on, be aggressive off my forehand and not worry if I miss a couple as long as I’m doing the right things. “I felt like I was able to do that throughout the whole match. “I love to test myself against her and she came out here and really made me play my best tennis so far this week.”