Barty, Pliskova & Bertens Round Out Star Studded WTA Top 5 Following Paris



Ashleigh Barty | World No. 2
Just five years ago and at the ripe age of 18, Ash Barty stepped away from the game of tennis. The Tour grind, the expectations, the noise; it’s not for everyone. Barty, however, was determined to return to the game on her time and her schedule, allowing herself enough space to build the mental wherewithal needed to compete with the WTA’s finest.

After a stint with cricket over the course of two years, back Barty came in 2017 ranked No. 623, with hopes of channeling her impeccable athleticism and stellar variety to make a name for herself in tennis. Doubles success came first for Barty, and was an integral part of her plan towards returning to competitive form in the singles ladder. Successful she was, securing nine doubles titles since her return; four of which came at Premier Mandatory events; and one of Grand Slam variety (2018 US Open).

Barty claimed the WTA Elite Trophy title to finish her 2018 campaign ranked No. 15 in the world, an incredible rise in just two short years for the Aussie. Little did Barty, or frankly anyone in the tennis world know, the then 22-year-old’s brightest days were still ahead.

What Barty has accomplished in the first half of her 2019 season has been nothing short of remarkable: she made the final at Syndey International; reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on her home turf; captured her first Premier Mandatory singles title at Miami on her way into the WTA Top 10; and now has earned the title of Grand Slam champion after her triumph at Roland Garros this past fortnight. Oh, and not to be forgotten are Barty’s four wins to zero losses in Fed Cup tie-matches; and Tour-leading 31 singles victories.

Primed for continued success, the new World No. 2 happily moves into grass season, where she hopes to surpass a career-best third round appearance at the Wimbledon Championships (2018).
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