Ashleigh Barty beat Elina Svitolina in a excessive-quality match to negate the WTA Finals title and elevate up probably the most attention-grabbing prize money ever supplied in tennis.
The Australian world no 1 gained 6-Four 6-Three to bewitch the season-ending title in Shenzhen and a yarn $4.42m (£3.42m).
Barty, 23, had misplaced all her 5 of her outdated matches in opposition to the Ukrainian defending champion.
However she got here via a making an are attempting out second plight, that accommodates 5 breaks of discount, to bewitch victory when Svitolina netted.
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Barty ends attractive 12 months with yet one more most important achievement
Regardless of took set up throughout the Shenzhen closing, Barty’s prolonged guidelines of achievements in a spectacular season should not keep been diminished.
However she made clear she capped an outstanding 12 months by becoming the primary Australian to make use of the WTA Tour finals since her function mannequin Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976.
What makes her success much more wonderful is the truth Barty stepped a long way from the tour following the 2014 US Starting, asserting she felt tennis turned a “lonely sport”.
The Queenslander switched to cricket and performed for the Brisbane Warmth throughout the females’s Nice Bash.
After rising to the pause 20 last 12 months, Barty’s distinctive mixture of power and vary, intelligence and creativity, has taken her to the pause of the females’s sport with titles on all surfaces.
Her 2019 achievements embody:
- Profitable first Premier Compulsory title on the Miami Starting
- Claiming her first Large Slam singles title on the French Starting
- Profitable the Birmingham title to upward thrust to world no 1 for the primary time
- Ending the 12 months as a result of the sphere’s prime participant
- Changing into the fifth participant to make use of the WTA Finals on her debut
“It has been a wonderful 12 months tonight turned about coming out and combating to the pause. I might presumably presumably most probably not be prouder. It has been an outstanding 12 months,” Barty talked about.
“I am happy with myself and the crew, we tried to construct ourselves inside probably the most attention-grabbing eventualities and events and we managed to supply that.”