Ash Barty is the first Australian woman to reach world No.1 since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 and with her ranking, she is most probably going to enter Wimbledon as the No.1 seed. Cawley congratulated Barty, further saying that Barty has earned the title of being the World No.1.
“In 2019, with all the pieces in place, her rise has been almost unstoppable. Ash is a very worthy No.1 and winning at the French will have given her even more confidence. I am so proud that another Aboriginal player sits on top of the rankings in women’s tennis, particularly a young lady who conveys such happiness in all she does”.
“She really enjoys being out there and she has become an outstanding and inspirational example to all Australians. Well done Ash – long may your success continue”. Barty is only the fifth Australian to reach the World No.1 spot, joining an elite list of players including Goolagong Cawley, John Newcombe, Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt.
“I’m a little bit speechless at the moment – it’s been a whirlwind few weeks for me. It’s been a whirlwind year,” Barty said after winning the Birmingham title and claiming the right to be called the World No.1.
“It’s just been the most incredible journey for myself and my team. You always dream of it (being No.1) as a little kid, but for it to become a reality is incredible. It really is." It has been an incredible journey indeed for Barty, who ranked outside the Top-600 just 3 years ago and now sits on top of the WTA Rankings.