Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ashleigh Barty moves to within one win of world No 1 ranking

Ashleigh Barty moves to within one win of world No 1 ranking

Osaka would have guaranteed holding onto top spot going into Wimbledon by reaching the final at the Edgbaston Priory Club but she was badly out of sorts in a 6-2 6-3 loss to Yulia Putintseva.

French Open champion Barty, now ranked No. 2, will take over from Naomi Osaka, who lost 6-2, 6-3 loss to Yulia Putintseva in the second round on Thursday.

French Open champion Barty, meanwhile, extended her winning run to nine matches to ease into the quarter-finals.

Her straight sets 6-3, 7-5 win over Germany's Julia Goerge in the Birmingham Classic now puts Barty's on a 12-match win streak.

Barely three years after quitting tennis suffering depression and home-sickness, then remarkably forging a professional cricket career, Barty will overtake Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka when the new rankings are released on Monday.

Osaka, who became world No. 1 after she followed last year's U.S. Open title with a championship in January's Australian Open, also competed in Birmingham, but crashed out in the second round on Thursday.

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England have not beaten any of them in the World Cup since 1992 but Morgan had faith in his team's ability to bounce back. Then there's No. 2-ranked India and 2015 finalist New Zealand, both unbeaten so far.

"We've got a big couple of weeks coming up; make sure we're ready to go, but we'll certainly be having a beer or two".

The French Open champion set up a last-eight clash with Venus Williams China's Qiang Wang 6-3 6-2.

Barty dispatched world No. 66 Brady in just under an hour to chalk up her ninth successive win and maintain her brilliant form ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on July 1.

While the 23-year-old told reporters after the Birmingham Classic, "I'm nowhere near her status ... to be mentioned in the same sentence is incredible", Barty has had a stellar start to 2019, recording an impressive 36 match victories and only six defeats.

"I have to try and do what I can do and that is prepare and do as best that I can tomorrow and try and play a good tennis match and if I win, it's a bonus", said Barty, who is seeking her sixth WTA tour title at an event where she was runner-up to Petra Kvitova in 2017.

Germany's Julia Goerges, the eighth seed and a Wimbledon semi-finalist a year ago, was a 6-4 6-3 victor against Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

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