Ash Barty crowned women’s world number one after victory in Birmingham

Ash Barty crowned women’s world number one after victory in Birmingham

Ash Barty has become the world number one in women’s tennis after her victory in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 over Germany’s Julia Görges in the Birmingham Classic final.

The 23-year-old becomes the second Australian woman ever to achieve the top spot on the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) rankings, only preceded by Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.

Talking on her victory, Ms Barty said: “It’s been the most amazing month of tennis for us and really an amazing three years.”

Ms Barty returned to tennis in 2016 after taking a hiatus to play cricket following the 2014 US Open.

Since then, she has moved from rank 325 in singles at the end of 2016 to being the highest ranked tennis player in women’s tennis.

She achieved victory in straight sets in every match from the round of 32 onward on her way to the Birmingham Classic title.

Her opponent in the final, Ms Görges, was her doubles partner for the Birmingham Classic.

Following the match, Ms Barty said of Ms Görges:

“We’ve always enjoyed practicing together and spending time with each other.

“It’s hard playing a friend, but in a final I think you’d love to play your friends knowing that you’ve both earned that spot.”

The next tournament for Ms Barty will be Wimbledon on 1 July, where she will play as the top seed in the singles, as well as compete in the women’s doubles.

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