Angelique Kerber supports Ashleigh Barty to handle world pressures No.1

BRISBANE: former world number one Angelique Kerber knows the pressure to start a new season as the player that everyone wants to beat, but is confident Ashleigh barty You can face the challenge.

The Australian had a great year in 2019, winning the French Open along with the prestigious WTA finals , where he consolidated his place at the top of the end of the year rankings.

Both Kerber and Barty, along with the former world number one Naomi Osaka , they begin their 2020 campaigns at Brisbane International starting Monday.

She is always a tough opponent. She is a great player, a great person too and I am very happy for her for having reached number one, the German told Barty journalists.

He put a lot of effort and worked hard. It's always a harder year to start as the number one player, but I think she will deal with that situation.

Kerber knows well the dangers of fighting to support a revolutionary season.

After winning Grand Slams in 2016 and 2018, he struggled to emulate his results in the following years.

I was really trying to enjoy, but you really have to program your day a little differently than if you were number 20 or number 30 in the world, he said.

You have to improve every tournament, every year, because even if you win a Grand Slam, everyone wants to beat you.

But she's sure Barty has what it takes to handle the expectations of her local fans and the extra workload off the court that comes with being the best player on the planet.

It's completely different: it has all the pressure, all the expectations, especially here in Australia, Kerber said.

I know her and her team, she played very well and I am really sure she will continue playing as she played particularly at the end of last year.

Since he finished 2016 as world number one after winning the Australian and US Open. In the US, Kerber fell to 21 the following year and then rose back to number two when Wimbledon won in 2018.

He now occupies the 20th place, has a new coach, Didi Kindlmann, and is eager for a new beginning.

I really wanted to finish 2019 and we are in 2020 now, so I really want to start over, he said.