TENNIS: Esteemed coach David Taylor has urged Australian tennis fans and officials from burdening teenage sensation Ashleigh Barty withunfair expectations.
Taylor yesterday hailed the 15-year-old junior Wimbledon champion as not only the hottest talent in world tennis, but also potentially even better than the great Martina Hingis.
aShe's the real deal. She is amazing,a Taylor said.
The legendary Evonne Goolagong Cawley agreed, lauding Barty's afantastica all-round game, but Taylor said it was critical the youngsterwas allowed to develop before being over-hyped.
aWe have to be careful with her,a he said.
aPeople are excited because she is such an outstanding talent and we haven't had one like that for so long.
aBut she's still got a long way to go and so many things can wrongbefore she becomes a top-20 player.
aShe's not even close to that. The distance she has to travel to get there is way off, so let's just be excited about her potential fornow, eh.a
Barty this month won t...