Returning to tennis three years ago, Ashleigh made giant steps towards the very top of women's tennis, settling into the top-20 already in 2017 and 2018 before making an assault on the throne in the season behind us. Barty was the most consistent player in 2019, winning titles in Miami, Roland Garros, Birmingham and the WTA Finals where she cemented the player of the year status.
As was expected, Ashleigh became the first women's ITF World Champion, receiving one of the highest honors in tennis. Ashleigh kicked off the year with the final in Sydney and the quarter-final at the Australian Open, gathering momentum and claiming the title in Miami to crack the top-10 for the first time in a career.
Also, the Ipswich native led Australia towards the Fed Cup final in April, becoming the first player with six victories in live Fed Cup rubbers in the first two ties of the World Group. Ashleigh saved her best tennis for Roland Garros, scoring seven triumphs to claim the first Major crown and adding another Premier title to her tally in Birmingham, becoming a year-end no.
1 contender and staying competitive by the end of the season to stay ahead of all the opponents. The Aussie became world no. 1 ahead of Wimbledon, staying there the most of the time despite not playing that well in the next couple of tournaments, suffering losses in the semi-final in Cincinnati and Wuhan and the final in Beijing before another incredible run in Shenzhen in the season-ending event.
Barty conquered the WTA Finals to confirm the year-end no. 1 status and cement her position on the WTA throne ahead of 2020 season and home events in Australia where she wants to chance more glory, especially at the Australian Open.
"I'm honored to be named this year's ITF World Champion," said Barty. "2019 has been an incredible year, winning the French Open and making the Fed Cup Final were highlights. I'm so proud of my team and me for what we have achieved and can't wait for the 2020 season to begin."