World No 1 Ashleigh Barty hails the ‘incredible’ strength in depth in women’s tennis

Ashleigh Barty in action

She notched up a double bagel in her first-round win at the Australian Open, but Ashleigh Barty has no qualms about the strength in depth in women’s tennis.

Fresh from winning the Yarra Valley Classic over the weekend, Barty opened her hard-court Grand Slam account with a demolition of Danka Kovinic as she required just 44 minutes to win 6-0, 6-0.

Despite the easy victory, the Australian feels women’s tennis is very strong, especially at Grand Slams level.

Three different players won majors last year with Sofia Kenin winning at Melbourne Park, Naomi Osaka successful at the US Open and Iga Swiatek winning the French Open.

“I think more than anything is you’re seeing that the WTA, the women’s game is getting so strong, the depth is incredible,” said Barty.

“You certainly can’t underestimate anyone. So that’s almost a part of the sport that I’m going to enjoy more and more as it goes on is that every single round is a challenge.

“Every single opponent deserves to be here and has the right to press you as much as possible.”

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