Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barty Beats Svitolina to Win WTA Finals

Barty Beats Svitolina to Win WTA Finals

Barty beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 at the final in Shenzhen, China and is the first Australian to win the WTA ranking since its inception in 1975.

Stosur said regardless if she plays or not, she will do whatever it takes for Australia to win their first Fed Cup title in 45 years.

She also added the Miami Open and Birmingham Nature Valley Classic titles to her name, topping the WTA rankings as she edged out Naomi Osaka, becoming the first Australian woman to be number one since 1976.

Despite the Grand Slams being shared out, 2019 has been Ashleigh Barty's year after winning the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

Barty has had a sensational season that has seen her rise to the summit of the women's rankings.

"This is an incredible moment in my career, and I'd like to thank Hsieh Su-Wei who has been my partner for much of this season and helped me reach this goal", said Strycova.

Instead, the 2019 season belonged to the likes of Naomi Osaka, 22, who started strong, winning the Australian Open in January and rose to No. 1 before losing her mojo and finally rebounding to win two titles in October.

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'And we worked hard on it, we worked for days'. "We mapped the complete detail out - it was orchestrated as a efficiency", Gaga continued.

"Bizarre, if I'm being completely honest".

In June she claimed her maiden Grand Slam singles title, defeating Markéta Vondrousová in the French Open final, 6-1, 6-3. The WTA Finals in Shenzhen came on her tournament debut. "I think it was also important for me to move forward, then to try to bring Elina in a few times as well, which worked really well".

Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport, who won the 1999 WTA Finals title and commented on the final for Tennis Channel in the USA, said: "Barty stayed so composed throughout the entire match".

"It feels like it's been a year that just hasn't stopped", said Barty. "This achievement is truly a team effort, and I would not be receiving this honor or had the best season of my life without the people around me who have supported me on this incredible journey".

Both Barty and Strycova were presented with their respective WTA Year-End World No.1 trophies at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen by Ramesh Cidambi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Duty Free and Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President-Corporate Services of Dubai Duty Free.

The 23-year-old, nonetheless, nonetheless has unfinished enterprise and can spearhead Australia's Fed Cup crew towards France in Perth on November 9-10.

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