Ashleigh Barty rewrites history

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Ashleigh Barty rewrites history

Although world number one in the WTA rankings Ashleigh Barty did not play a single match in February, the three-time slam champion continues to dominate the world rankings, reaching one milestone after another. The Australian tennis player started this 2022 in a great way, dominating in every single match played.

Barty has in fact won both home tournaments played this year, winning first at the WTA 500 in Adelaide and winning her first Australian Open the following week, becoming the first Australian tennis player to triumph in Melbourne since 1978, when she was still playing on grass courts.

The 25-year-old native of Ipswich has therefore won all 11 games played this year, giving only one set to her opponents. Barty, thanks to her recent successes, has secured a wide advantage over her rivals in the world rankings, maintaining the first position in the ranking for the hundred tenth consecutive week.

Ashleigh Barty's records

The 2022 Australian Open champion began her 117th career week as world number one by peaking Justine Henin at seventh in the rankings for the most weeks at number 1 in the world in women's tennis history.

As early as next week Barty will detach the Belgian tennis player and aim for sixth place, occupied by a legend like Monica Seles (178 weeks). As for the ranking regarding consecutive weeks in the lead, the Australian reached 110, the fifth longest strip at no.

1 in the history of the WTA rankings. Only Steffi Graf (186 weeks), Serena Williams (186 weeks), Martina Navratilova (156 weeks) and Chris Evert (113 weeks) have done better than Barty in WTA history. The fourth place occupied by the former American tennis player is only 3 weeks away and the 2900 points advantage of the current world number one over the first of her pursuers would seem to herald an imminent overtaking.

Ashleigh Barty did not take part in any tournament in February and will probably return to the court in mid-March to take part in the Indian Wells master 1000 and to follow the other American master 1000, in Miami, to continue her streak of success and confirm that at the moment for the opponents to beat her is really a challenge.