Good morning everyone! Today from Slazenger Heritage we are going to talk about the woman tennis player number one, a tennis legend: Ashleigh Barty.
Who is Ashleigh Barty?
Ashleigh Barty is an Australian professional tennis player. She is ranked No. 1 in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is the second Australian WTA.
Barty began playing tennis at the age of four and started her professional career in 2010 at an International Tennis Federation (ITF), at the age of 14.
She won the junior Grand Slam title at Wimbledon at the age of 15, in 2011, becoming the second Australian to win the girls’ singles after 1980.
At the age of 16, Barty became in the youngest Grand Slam finalist since 2004. This success also helped her to advance to No. 46 in the world rankings.
After the 2014 US Open, Barty decided to take an indefinite break from tennis. She ended up playing cricket during this hiatus. Ashleigh returned to tennis in early 2016, finishing the year inside the top 20 in singles and doubles rankings.
She had a breakout year in singles in 2017, winning her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and finishing the season at a career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world.
In 2018, Barty won the Nottingham Open on grass for her second career WTA title. Later in the season, she won her first career Grand Slam title at the US Open.
A year later, in the 2019, Barty finished the season as the world No. 1. After that, she won the WTA Player of the Year award, becoming the first Australian to ever receive this honor. With the title, Barty became the first Australian to win the French Open in singles since Margaret Court in 1973 and the first Australian to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sam Stosur at the 2011 US Open.
This year, she became the first Australian woman to reach the semifinals since in 1984.