Ash Barty capped her breakthrough year claiming her second biggest career title taking the WTA Finals in Shenzhen over defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3.
“Bizarre, if I’m being completely honest,” said Barty of the year. “It feels like it’s been a year that just hasn’t stopped. It’s been a year of incredible ups and downs – I think more ups than downs. To cap it off with a very, very special night tonight in Shenzhen is really cool.”
Barty entered the final 0-5 against Svitolina and the Ukraine had won her last nine matches at the WTA Finals.
“To come through a week like this, you have to beat the best of the best. It takes me back to some memories in Miami where I felt like I did that for the first time, beating back-to-back Top 10 players, having that really consistent week. I’ve grown and developed so much since that fortnight in Miami. To be able to bounce back after the disappointment after my match with Kiki was really important.”
Earlier, Barty has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking. And of course she won her maiden Grand Slam at the French Open in June and captured Miami.
“To be able to call myself the Year-End World No.1 singles player is one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Barty who finished No. 15 last year. “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.”
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