Long may she reign! Ashleigh Barty's fans hope this for many months to come, after the wonderful season of the Australian, the number one player of the women's ranking. But today women's tennis has many stars that can compete for the role of Queen.
Just think of Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and all the others. But coolly, considering all that happened this season, can Barty be considered the 2019 WTA Queen? Four highlights: victory at the Miami Open, victory at the French Open, victory at the WTA Finals and first place of the WTA ranking (she is the second Australian player ever to succeed after Evonne Goolagong).
In total, she won 4 titles and she played six finals in 2019. Despite some disappointing performances (at Wimbledon and at the US Open many were expecting something more from her), she was competitive throughout the season, showing she could play and win on all surfaces: hard-courts, clay-courts, grass-courts and indoor hard-courts.
Her tennis, modern, fast and very incisive, is supported by good mental strength, which in these seasons of the WTA Tour always makes the difference. In 2020, she will have to confirm all the positive things seen this year, and it will not be a very simple goal, considering the great competition that exists in women's tennis, but Barty will start among the favorites in all the tournaments of the next year.
Meanwhile, she had the chance to add the icing on the cake of an amazing season: the Fed Cup final against France. Despite the two defeats in the women's singles match and the France victory, Barty's season remains amazing.