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Episode 767

Ashleigh Barty
Sun, 2019-Jun-09 01:29 UTC
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With 219,948 views on Saturday, 8 June 2019 our article of the day is Ashleigh Barty.

Ashleigh Barty (born 24 April 1996) is an Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer. She is the top-ranked Australian in both women's singles and doubles, and has been ranked as high as No. 2 in singles and No. 5 in doubles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Barty has won five singles titles and ten doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including Grand Slam titles at the 2019 French Open in singles and the 2018 US Open in doubles with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. She has also reached the doubles final at all four Grand Slam tournaments with her longtime tennis partner and compatriot Casey Dellacqua.

Born in Ipswich in Queensland, Barty began playing tennis at the age of four in nearby Brisbane. She had a promising junior career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world after winning the girls' singles title at Wimbledon in 2011. As a teenager, Barty had early success in doubles on the WTA Tour in 2013, finishing runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles events with the veteran Dellacqua, including at the Australian Open while still only 16 years old. Late in the 2014 season, Barty decided to take an indefinite break from tennis. She ended up playing cricket during this hiatus, signing with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash League despite having no formal training in the sport.

Barty returned to tennis in early 2016 shortly before turning 20. Although she won her first tournament back on the ITF circuit, her year was ultimately marred by an arm injury. In 2017, Barty had a breakout year in singles, winning her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and rising to No. 17 in the world despite having never been ranked inside the top 100 before her time off. She also had another prolific year in doubles with Dellacqua, culminating in her first appearance at the WTA Finals. The following year, she won two more WTA singles titles including the WTA Elite Trophy at the end of the season. Even with Dellacqua's retirement, she continued to improve at doubles, winning the four biggest doubles titles of her career in 2018, including her first Grand Slam title at the US Open. In 2019, she made her top 10 singles debut after winning her first Premier Mandatory singles title at the Miami Open. On 8 June 2019, Barty won her first Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros in the women's final of the 2019 French Open. As a result, she will now be ranked second in the WTA rankings.

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