Ashleigh Barty news: Paula Badosa describes world No 1 as the Roger Federer of women’s tennis

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There was high praise for Ashleigh Barty from Paula Badosa with the Spaniard likening her to Roger Federer as she “does everything with a lot of flow and very easy”.

Barty has been the best player on the WTA Tour for several years now as she has claimed the coveted end-of-year world No 1 status for the past three seasons.

After winning the French Open in 2019 and Wimbledon last year, the Australian started this campaign with another major as she became the first Australian woman in more than four decades to win the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros, Barty has gone on to win another 10 titles and it is unsurprising that her stock has risen so highly.

When asked about rivals to beat this season, Badosa is quoted as saying by Punto de Break: “I think all the tennis players are going to give you the same name, right? I think Ashleigh Barty.

“When I saw her win in Australia it was incredible. I told my coach that I wanted to play her again to see how it feels.

“She makes everything easy. The tough matches, she makes it easy. It’s amazing how she plays tennis. She’s like Federer on the men’s tour. She does everything with a lot of flow and very easy. I think she’s the one to beat.”