24 Apr 1996
A former junior champion at Wimbledon in 2011, Ashleigh Barty made her WTA main draw debut as WC at 2012 Hobart (l. Mattek‐Sands in 1r). She won her first WTA title of any kind in doubles at 2013 Birmingham. That year she advanced to three Grand Slam doubles finals in 2013 (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open) with her longtime friend Casey Dellacqua.
In 2015, Barty earned a contract with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League (cricket) before returning to tennis in 2016. Her comeback was hindered by a right arm injury sustained in August, after a quarter-final in Nottingham (as qualifier, l. eventual champion Ka.Pliskova). She ended the season at WTA 125K Series event in Taipei in November, reaching the quarter-final. In 2017 she posted her best result at a Grand Slam event, reaching the R32 at Australian Open, falling to Barthel in three sets. The Australian landed her first WTA career singles title in Kuala Lumpur in February becoming one of three players to complete singles‐doubles sweep at same tournament during the year. During the grass court season, Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the title match in Birmingham since Jenny Byrne in 1992 (l. Schultz). She scored maiden Top 10 win in Cincinnati and made the third final of season at Wuhan Open where she defeated four Top 15 players (No.7 Konta, No.13 A.Radwanska, No.4 Ka.Pliskova and No.10 Ostapenko) en route to the final (l. Garcia). She made her debut at the WTA Finals in singles and finished the year with a semifinal-run in Zhuhai as she broke into Top 20 for first time overtaking Gavrilova to become new Australian No.1 in the year-end ranking.
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