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Osaka’s coach in awe of Barty’s comeback

Naomi Osaka’s coach Wim Fissette – who has guided a range of players to seven grand slam wins – has been in awe of what Barty is doing on the court.

The coach of the world No.3 Osaka, who won the Australian Open in 2019 and the US Open in 2020, says Barty will be difficult to beat should his player face her if both got to the final.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it’s very impressive. Also not really a surprise,” Fissette, who has also coached Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova, said.

“Ashleigh is such a natural. Honestly, I didn’t expect anything else from her. She feels the game really well. She understands the game really well.

“She also has different options if something is not working, she can go back, let’s say, to a little bit more slice on the backhand. She has her serve. She can, let’s say, make the other player play bad that day. She has different options.

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“Still, yeah, to win the first tournament after 12 months and also the way she’s been playing now, it’s very impressive. She’s for sure a very tough one to beat her.”

Barty will play Rogers on Monday night at Rod Laver Arena.

The 28-year-old Rogers is ranked 57th in the world and has never been past the fourth round of the Australian Open, but has made the quarter-finals of the French and US Open.

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