Ashleigh Barty can prove even more in 2022

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Ashleigh Barty can prove even more in 2022

Ashleigh Barty number 1 in the WTA ranking talked about the next season. Barty closed for the third consecutive season the year as number 1, equaling tennis players like Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams, and this year she will be called to defend her leadership by emerging tennis players such as Sabalenka, Swiatek and Raducanu.

Barty has shown this year why she is the current world No. 1 and the victory at Wimbledon has only certified a well-established status. And this despite the fact that she did not play the entire WTA season, selecting with conscience and perfection the events in which to aim for victory.

But in 2022 Barty will have the opportunity to demonstrate even more, starting with a chimera: the Australian Open, where she, and many other countrymen and countrywomen in the past decades, have never been able to figure well, crushed by pressures and expectations.

Barty can subvert this trend as early as the beginning of 2022. She said: "I have worked hard on and off the court, doing everything I can to be ready for January. I am proud to have managed to finish the year at number 1, especially after a difficult and unpredictable season.

Being the no. 1 in the world is something I'm very proud of, but my ranking doesn't change my way of being. I try to be a good person and do the right thing, regardless of the number next to my name." Barty ended the year as number 1 in the world above all thanks to her success at Wimbledon and the other 4 tournaments won (including the Masters 1000 in Miami and Cincinnati), which is why she is among the candidates for the WTA award.

Player of the Year. The Australian tennis player is preparing her best for the next Slam, the Australian Open, a home tournament that hasn't seen an astralian triumph, between ATP and WTA, since 1978 (it was Chris O’Neil who won that edition).

The hopes that Barty will be the one to bring the trophy home are high, and the number 1 in the ranking will do everything to make sure that she is the one to break this fast. She has shown her sensitivity by also talking about Peng Shuai's issue, which is not yet closed.

After the statements by many important personalities of world tennis and the decision of the president of the WTA Steve Simon to suspend all the tournaments of the Tour in China, Barty expressed her opinion on the issue in a interview with Tennis Australia.

The 25-year-old Australian has revealed her concern for the well-being of her colleague, of whom there is still no certain and reliable news. Barty said: "We are all thinking about Peng Shuai and we hope she is well. Peng Shuai is part of the tennis family, she has been on the tour for a long time and is someone we all know and respect. The most important thing right now is that she is safe."