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Ash Barty caps off stellar season winning WTA Player of the Year

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World No.1 Ash Barty has added the cherry on top of an incredible season, taking out the WTA Player of the Year award.

The 23-year-old Aussie superstar claimed 82% of the vote, beating the likes of 2019 grand slam winners Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka along with former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova.

The award sees Barty join the upper echelons of tennis prestige, alongside former winners like Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Barty created history this year when she became the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1976) to claim a WTA title and reach the WTA World No.1 ranking.

She retained her World No.1 spot at the end of the season, with her list of 2019  accolades including 57 wins, the most by any female player.

Barty proved that not only was she talented, she was versatile and dynamic finding success on all surfaces and placing within the Top 10 on Tour for wins on hard, clay and grass courts and winning tournaments on all.

She started the year strong, coming in at World No.15, a career-best ranking at the time.


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A WTA Elite Trophy in Wuhan along with a finals berth in Sydney and quarterfinals appearance at the Australian Open showed the former cricketer as a convincing contender for World No.1 spot which she went on to claim, first in June and then in September.

Barty won four titles in 2019, one of them being the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen crown where she also claimed the biggest winners cheque in history.

2019 was also the year the Queenslander claimed her maiden Grand Slam singles trophy at Roland Garros along with the Birmingham Classic in the UK and the Premier Mandatory in Miami.

Closer to home, Barty became the Newcombe Medal winner for the third consecutive year along with picking up three awards at the AIS Sport Performance Awards, Female Athlete of the Year, Sport Personality of the Year and Sporting Moment of the Year.

Liana Buratti