World no. 1 and Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty can't stop winning awards at the moment, earning Australia's sports woman of the year honor after everything she has achieved so far in 2019! Her Roland Garros triumph is also the Moment of the Year and it all comes just a week after becoming the first female tennis player with The Don award.
The Ipswich native had left tennis for a couple of years and made a return in May 2016, playing four events that season and embracing a memorable run in 2017 from just inside the top-300. Ashleigh won the first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur in March and lost the final in Birmingham to Petra Kvitova on grass in June, qualifying for the main draw in Toronto and Cincinnati and advancing into another final in Wuhan to move closer to the place in the top-20 where she finished the season.
Motivated to chase even higher goals in 2018, Ashleigh conquered titles in Nottingham and Zhuhai and everything was ready for a historic 2019 season that she kicked off with the final in Sydney and the quarter-final at the Australian Open.
In March, Barty went all the way in Miami to find herself in the top-10, just before leading Australia towards the Fed Cup final with a win over Belarus. Ashleigh saved her best tennis for Roland Garros, scoring seven triumphs to claim the Major crown and adding another Premier crown to her tally in Birmingham.
The Aussie became world no. 1 before Wimbledon, staying there the most of the time despite not claiming any titles after Birmingham, suffering losses in the semi-final in Cincinnati and Wuhan and the final in Beijing, looking good to finish the season as year-end no.
1. "I was very fortunate to be nominated among so many other empowering women in Australian sport and to come away with the win is a bonus," Barty said.