Ashleigh Barty has made the list of the top 50 inspirational Australian women in sport. Australian publication Herald Sport compiled the list to mark International Women’s Day. Ranked 12th in the world, Barty is currently Australia’s highest ranked player, on both the WTA and ATP Tour.
The 22 year old has soared up the rankings since returning to the sport after a stint playing cricket for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. Barty began the year with a run to the finals at the Sydney International, whereby she defeated Grand Slam champion Jelena Ostapenko, World No.
1 Simona Halep, tenth seed Elise Mertens and seventh seed Kiki Bertens en route. She ultimately fell just short against Petra Kvitova in three sets. She continued her impressive form at her home Grand Slam at the Australian Open, racing to her very first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, ousting former champion Maria Sharapova to do so.
She became the first Australian player to reach the quarterfinals at a major in a decade. The last Australian to do so was Jelena Dokic in 2009. However, unfortunately for the diminutive Aussie, her run came to an end against Kvitova once again.
Most recently Barty spearheaded Australia to victory in their Fed Cup tie against USA. Barty was instrumental winning both of her singles matches, including a straight sets win against top ranked American Madison Keys. She then sealed the win in the decisive doubles rubber with emerging Aussie Priscilla Hon to send Australia into the semi-finals.
Barty has also been successful on the doubles circuit, winning the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe, as well as reaching the finals at all four majors with longtime partner and compatriot Casey Dellacqua. Barty is currently in action at Indian Wells this week.