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Latest WTA Rankings 5 November 2018: Ashleigh Barty rises into top 15 for the first time after winning WTA Elite Trophy

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  • Barty makes top 15 debut after winning Zhuhai title
  • Wang into top 20 following runner-up finish
Ashleigh Barty (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Barty has finished a season ranked inside the top 15 for the first time after winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.

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After losing her opening match in Zhuhai to Aryna Sabalenka, Barty completed a stunning turnaround in the Chinese city on Sunday, conquering Caroline Garcia to win the Orchid Group before toppling defending champion Julia Goerges in the semi-finals and homegrown hero Qiang Wang in the final to take home her biggest piece of singles silverware to date.

Barty was on fire to begin the final on Sunday, winning 16 of the first 22 points to race out to a 4-0 lead, but Wang, spurred on by her home fans, mounted a comeback and managed to get back on serve. However, Barty’s immense variety proved too much to handle, with the Australian breaking once more and successfully serving out the opener before steadily making her way through the second to emerge triumphant 6-3 6-4.

It’s Barty’s third career title and her second of 2018 after she also prevailed on the grass of Nottingham back in June. The 22-year-old famously retired from tennis in her late teens in order to pursue a career in cricket, but she returned in 2016, and after easing her way back into competition via the ITF circuit, Barty jumped from No. 325 to No. 17 during an extraordinary 2017 campaign.

Ashleigh Barty and Wang Qiang (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
Barty has done a sensational job of consolidating her spot inside the top 20 throughout 2018, and with her Zhuhai triumph, the Australian is rewarded with a new career-high ranking of No. 15 to end the best season of her career.

"It's been a truly phenomenal year,” Barty reflected. “My goal is to stay top 20 and try and consolidate as best I can. We've been able to do that and come away with a couple of titles, as well, and still being very successful in doubles. It's been a really, really amazing year. Now we get to go home to celebrate that and then prepare for bigger and better things in 2019, starting with the Australian summer."

Meanwhile, Wang - who was awarded a wildcard into Zhuhai - has also put together the best season of her career, breaking into the top 20 for the first time and becoming the first Chinese player to end a season within that bracket since Li Na’s final year in 2014.

Wang experienced an outstanding end to 2018 in her home country, claiming a gold medal for China at the Asian Games, winning her second career title in Guangzhou and reaching back-to-back semi-finals at the Premier 5 DongFeng Motor Wuhan Open and Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing, beating the likes of Karolina Pliskova (twice), Jelena Ostapenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Aryna Sabalenka during those runs. Wang also defeated Garbine Muguruza and Madison Keys to reach the Zhuhai final this week.

With the regular WTA season officially over, Simona Halep ends 2018 as the World No. 1, while the likes of Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina finished a year ranked inside the top 10 for the first time. Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Barty and Wang end 2018 at career-high rankings of No. 11, No. 13, No. 15 and No. 20 respectively, while the likes of Garbine Muguruza (No. 18) and Caroline Garcia (No. 19) have dropped from the top 10 to the outskirts of the top 20.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday October 29


1. Simona Halep
2. Angelique Kerber
3. Caroline Wozniacki
4. Elina Svitolina (+3)
5. Naomi Osaka (-1)
6. Sloane Stephens
7. Petra Kvitova (-2)
8. Karolina Pliskova
9. Kiki Bertens
10. Daria Kasatkina
11. Aryna Sabalenka (+1)
12. Anastasija Sevastova (-1)
13. Elise Mertens
14. Julia Goerges
15. Ashleigh Barty (+4)
16. Madison Keys
17. Serena Williams (-2)
18. Garbine Muguruza (-1)
19. Caroline Garcia (-1)
20. Wang Qiang (+2)


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Latest WTA Rankings 5 November 2018: Ashleigh Barty rises into top 15 for the first time after winning WTA Elite Trophy

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