‘She’s ready to say something big’: Barty primed to end Australian Open drought, says Laver

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Barty primed to end Australian Open drought: Laver

All-time great Rod Laver believes that victory for Ashleigh Barty at this year’s Australian Open - a drought-breaking day for the country - would drive the world No.1 “to another level”.

It’s been a long time since an Australian won the Australian Open, but Rod Laver thinks Ashleigh Barty could end that drought this year.“She’s beaten most of these players on the circuit, but it’s just a matter of, ‘Can she play her game when the chips are down?’ When she’s playing her great tennis, she’s unbeatable.”He is confident that the 25-year-old is primed to end Australia’s 44-year drought in producing a home-grown Australian Open singles champion.

Coincidentally, it was Anisimova who was Barty’s semi-final opponent three years ago in Paris, the second last leg of her memorable seven-match-winning performance at Roland Garros. Not long after, the world’s No.1 ranking was the Australian’s. Anisimova, a former world No.21 who won the second of her career titles in Melbourne last week, has an Australian in her corner - Darren Cahill, a former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Simona Halep.

 

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