Ashleigh Barty is our new world number one

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Ashleigh Barty claims world No 1 ranking with victory at Birmingham Classic
Darren Walton08:35, Jun 24 2019


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Ashleigh Barty shows off the trophy after her victory over Julia Goerges in the Birmingham Classic final.

Ashleigh Barty is the first Australian woman to seize the world No 1 tennis ranking in almost half a century after claiming her third title of a phenomenal 2019 season.

Barty cast friendship aside to down her German doubles partner Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 in Sunday's (Monday NZT) final of the Birmingham Classic to not only secure the world No 1 ranking but also potentially top-seed status for Wimbledon starting on July 1.

Continuing her remarkable comeback to the sport after taking a 21-month hiatus and playing professional cricket, 23-year-old Barty will overtake Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka when the new rankings are released on Monday.

In doing so, the newly crowned French Open champion will join her mentor and Indigenous idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley as only the second Australian to top the WTA rankings since they were introduced in 1973.

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"I'm a little bit speechless – it's been a whirlwind few weeks to be honest and to be able to follow in the footsteps of Evonne and even mentioned in the same sentence is incredible," said Barty.

"It's been the most incredible journey for me and my team. You always dream about [being number one] as a little kid, but for it to become a reality it's incredible and not something that was even in my realm – we were aiming for top 10 this year."
Barty's route to the top has been nothing if not unconventional.



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Ashleigh Barty reacts after beating her German doubles partner Julia Goerges to clinch her sixth career title.

The former junior Wimbledon champion took an indefinite break from tennis at the end of 2014, recently citing mental health issues as the reason, and played Big Bash cricket for Brisbane Heat before returning to tennis in 2016.

Since then the Queenslander's rise has been remarkable.

"We started from scratch three and a half years ago without a ranking and now to be where we are is a massive achievement for me and my team," Barty, whose return has been overseen by coach Craig Tyzzer, said.

Barty won the Miami title this year to break into the top 10 for the first time, then in June became the first Australian woman in 46 years to win the French Open.

"She is a truly impressive person and deserves every success that comes her way. I couldn't be prouder to be her coach," Tyzzer told the WTA's website.

"Over the last three years, Ash has grown as a person and as a player. What has stayed constant is her genuine, humble and respectful nature."



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Ashleigh Barty plays a forehand during her 6-3 7-5 win over Julia Goerges in the Birmingham Classic decider.

Barty is the 27th woman to reach number one since WTA rankings were introduced in 1975. Seven-times grand slam champion Goolagong Cawley reached No 1 for a fortnight in 1976.

John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt, who enjoyed 80 weeks at the summit between 2001 and 2003, are the only other Australians to have been world No 1.

Despite the prize at stake, Barty looked calm and composed throughout the final, just as she did when beating Marketa Vondrousova in the Roland Garros final a fortnight ago.

Making a seamless transition from clay to grass, the Queenslander didn't drop a set in five matches in Birmingham.

Barty will head to Eastbourne on Monday for her last Wimbledon lead-up event riding a 12-match winning streak.

She also failed to surrender a set in her opening two doubles matches in Birmingham with Goerges before withdrawing from their scheduled semi-final to conserve energy for singles.

Merciless in her pursuit of more honours, Barty crunched nine aces, broke Goerges three times and dropped serve just once in clinching her sixth career title with victory over the world No 19.

Barty trailed 3-0 in the second set but, once again showing her champion qualities, she fought back in typically unflappable fashion, saving a set point at 5-4 down with her seventh ace before eventually prevailing after one hour and 28 minutes.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Congrats to her but I'm astonished how this happened so fast for her. Wasn't she ranked outside the top 5 right before RG?
 
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Cashman

Hall of Fame
So refreshing to see someone with variety in their game. I almost stopped watching the WTA altogether until this gem of a player showed up.
I'd expect to see a bit of a resurgence in some of the old-school skills demonstrated by Barty (and other players like Mladenovic). She's really showing how to beat all this inconsistent ball-bashing that has dominated the WTA for so many years.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
I can't stand looking at her face.
I cannot stand looking at that repulsive shaved primate nadal's australopithecus face either, not to mention his grotesque nervous tics and inhuman gait and mannerisms

Barty is one of the best things to happen in tennis, and will hopefully save the WTA from the grunting shrieking borefest of 1 dimensional prima donnas that it has become
 

beltsman

Legend
I cannot stand looking at that repulsive shaved primate nadal's australopithecus face either, not to mention his grotesque nervous tics and inhuman gait and mannerisms

Barty is one of the best things to happen in tennis, and will hopefully save the WTA from the grunting shrieking borefest of 1 dimensional prima donnas that it has become
It's okay Ashleigh, no need to be upset.

 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
Funny how no one talks about Fed and Djokers looks... But the first thing when we mention a women's success, someone goes to looks within a few posts. Sad.
"Noserer" and "Mole" still get a bit of a run every now and again.

And I noticed the other day that the name of a certain South American mammal with a resemblance to Nadal is censored.
 

Bilders

Semi-Pro
"Noserer" and "Mole" still get a bit of a run every now and again.

And I noticed the other day that the name of a certain South American mammal with a resemblance to Nadal is censored.
Graf had one of the most legendary schnoz's of all-time and look at her success.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
"Noserer" and "Mole" still get a bit of a run every now and again.

And I noticed the other day that the name of a certain South American mammal with a resemblance to Nadal is censored.
Not even close. There are like 5 threads a day about the big 3 (hundreds of posts) and maybe a few comments about looks.

Any thread about a woman (sharapova, vondrousa, barty, SW, Anisimova, etc.), first few posts will rip or praise her looks.
 
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