No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Latest WTA Rankings 24 June 2019 - Ashleigh Barty becomes new World No. 1 with Birmingham triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 24 Jun 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Barty rises to World No. 1 for the first time
  • Becomes just the second Aussie woman to reach World No. 1 since computer rankings were introduced in 1975
Ashleigh Barty (PA Images)

Ashleigh Barty is officially the new World No. 1 after beating Julia Goerges to win the Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham on Sunday.

(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

It’s been a dream season for Barty across the first six months of 2019 - she won her first Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open, cracked the top 10 for the first time, secured her maiden Grand Slam crown at the French Open, broke into the top five and has now propelled herself to the No. 1 ranking courtesy of her straight sets victory over Goerges in Birmingham, which was her 12th straight win.

Incredibly, Barty played her first match as a top 10 player just last month at the Mutua Madrid Open. Now, just over a month later, she’s the new World No. 1, becoming the first Australian woman to reach the summit of the rankings since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 and ending Naomi Osaka’s 21-week reign at the top.

Ashleigh Barty with the Birmingham trophy and her team 
Barty, who was ranked outside the top 600 three years ago as she returned to tennis after a two-year spell playing professional cricket in Australia, is the 27th woman since computer rankings were introduced in 1975 to reach World No. 1.

"It’s a dream come true to be the World No.1," said Barty. "My team and I have put in so much work and I’m very proud of what we have achieved.
"It’s an honour to be in this position, which has been held by the legends of our sport who I respect and admire greatly."

Barty said her primary goal for 2019 was to break into the top 10 at some stage after finishing each of the last two seasons in the top 20 and top 15 for the first time.

She’s shattered that aim in the first six months of the season and will now head to Wimbledon - where she won the junior title as a 15-year-old - as the top seed.



“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 said.

Incredibly, Barty said in her post-match interview that she still intends to play Eastbourne this week, alongside seven other top 10 players.

Meanwhile, Sofia Kenin pulled off a dramatic victory at the Mallorca Open to capture her second WTA title of the season, saving three championship points to edge out Belinda Bencic by a 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 scoreline.



Kenin, who beat Serena Williams on her way to the fourth round of Roland Garros, has quietly put together a banner season, registering a 25-12 record after also winning the Hobart title at the start of 2019.

"I’m playing really well, fighting for every point and taking as much advantage as I can," Kenin stated. "This really is great, and I’m just so happy with how I’m playing. Hard work, for sure, is paying off big-time.”

Kenin further cements her top 30 status, moving up two spots to a career-high No. 28, while Bencic remains at No. 13. Meanwhile, Goerges climbs one place to No. 18 after finishing runner-up to Barty in Birmingham.

Barty cannot be overtaken for No. 1 until after Wimbledon due to Osaka not playing Eastbourne this week. No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, No. 4 Kiki Bertens, No. 5 Angelique Kerber, No. 7 Simona Halep, No. 8 Elina Svitolina, No. 9 Sloane Stephens and No. 10 Aryna Sabalenka join Barty in a stacked draw.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday June 24


1. Ashleigh Barty (+1)
2. Naomi Osaka (-1)
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Kiki Bertens
5. Angelique Kerber (+1)
6. Petra Kvitova (-1)
7. Simona Halep (+1)
8. Elina Svitolina (-1)
9. Sloane Stephens 
10. Aryna Sabalenka
11. Serena Williams
12. Anastasija Sevastova
13. Belinda Bencic
14. Caroline Wozniacki
15. Qiang Wang
16. Marketa Vondrousova
17. Madison Keys
18. Julia Goerges (+1)
19. Johanna Konta (-1)
20. Anett Kontaveit


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Latest WTA Rankings 24 June 2019 - Ashleigh Barty becomes new World No. 1 with Birmingham triumph

Ashleigh Barty is officially the new World No. 1 after beating Julia Goerges to win the Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham on Sunday.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages