The WTA will have a new No. 1 player tomorrow as Ash Barty will takeover the top spot after claiming the Birmingham title with a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Barty becomes the 27th woman to reach No. 1 and the second Australian to do it since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.
“It’s just been the most incredible journey for myself and my team,” Barty told the crowd.
Barty was not even inside the Top 10 of the WTA in March, and now just three months later she’s a Grand Slam champion and a World No. 1.
“You always dream of No.1 as a little kid but to become a reality is incredible,” said Barty. “It’s not something that was even in my realm this year; we were aiming to be Top 10 and now to be where we are is a testament to the people around me who’ve been with me these last three years. We started from scratch, without a ranking, and to be where we are is a massive achievement for me and for them.”
Barty finished beating her friend behind nine aces, 18 winners, 11 unforced errors.
“I couldn’t think of a better person to share the court with,” Barty said of Goerges. “We had an incredible week in singles and doubles. You’re one of my best friends on tour and you’ve been there for me since I was just a little tacker running around, annoying everyone.”
The 23-year-old Barty will now take her No. 1 ranking and 12-match win streak to Eastbourne tomorrow. She’ll also be the top seed at Wimbledon which begins next Monday.
The Barty Party continues!
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