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Sport Barty handed tough draw at WTA Tour Finals

01:50  26 october  2019
01:50  26 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener

  Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has all but secured her year-end world No.1 ranking after beating Belinda Bencic 5-7 6-1 6-2 in her WTA Finals opener.Unless disaster strikes and she can't walk on court again this week and Karolina Pliskova takes the title, Barty's 5-7 6-1 6-2 win over Belinda Bencic on Sunday night earned the 23-year-old a place in tennis history as the first Australian woman to finish a season in top spot since rankings were introduced in 1973.

Besides her first WTA main draw appearances, Barty also had a breakout year on the ITF Women's In 2013, Barty began playing primarily at the WTA Tour level. She only played in eight singles main Barty had a strong start to the season, reaching the final of the Sydney International in her second

World number one Ashleigh Barty is drawn in the same group as Naomi Osaka at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. Other high-profile absentees include Germany's three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, Denmark's 2017 Tour Finals winner Caroline Wozniacki and Spain's former

Ashleigh Barty© Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images Ashleigh Barty Ashleigh Barty must navigate a path through tennis' version of the group of death to give herself a shot at icing her magical season with title glory at the WTA Finals in China.

All but guaranteed the year-end world No.1 ranking regardless of her showing in Shenzhen, Barty has been thrust into a devilish pool containing both this year's Australian Open finalists - champion Naomi Osaka and runner-up Petra Kvitova - plus Swiss prodigy Belinda Bencic.

The other group is almost as treacherous.

It features Karolina Pliskova - the only player with a glimmer of hope of denying Barty the year-ending top spot - against US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, Wimbledon winner Simona Halep and titleholder Elina Svitolina.

Barty's plan to continue raising the bar

  Barty's plan to continue raising the bar Not content with the year-end world No.1 ranking, Ashleigh Barty is intent on booking a spot in the WTA Finals with a win over Naomi Osaka on Tuesday night.Three years after returning to tennis following a stint playing professional cricket, Barty only needs to step on court and play one point against Naomi Osaka on Tuesday night at the WTA Finals to officially clinch the season-ending top ranking.

Tough road back to the top for Barty after Cincinnati draw is released. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Ashleigh Barty will have her work cut out securing the US Open top seeding after copping a rugged draw for this week's WTA Tour event in Cincinnati. Australia's French Open champion must reach at least the semi- finals in Cincinnati to regain the But the draw has handed Barty few favours.

Reigning WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina is set to return to the year-end finale to defend the biggest title of her career, while Wimbledon and US Open semifinalists # WTA 4Love. ‘This has been the most magical day’ - Barty , Goolagong Cawley surprise young Indigenous players in Australia.

Only injury or illness can prevent Barty from becoming Australia's first year-end No.1 since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

The French Open champion doesn't even need to win a match at the elite eight-women championships, such is her whopping rankings lead over her rivals.

Barty merely has to complete all three of her pool matches, or win one of her first two, to secure top spot at the end of 2019 - and almost certainly also claim top seeding for January's Australian Open.

But the winner of a tour-topping 52 matches this year hasn't come to south China for the second prize.

"This is a special tournament for myself and my team and I'll be fighting hard to finish the WTA season with the Shenzhen title," Barty said after being formally recognised as the winner of the Race to Shenzhen at Friday night's lavish draw ceremony.

Ashleigh Barty beaten by last-gasp Naomi Osaka replacement Kiki Bertens at WTA Finals

  Ashleigh Barty beaten by last-gasp Naomi Osaka replacement Kiki Bertens at WTA Finals Naomi Osaka's withdrawal saw Kiki Bertens get a late call to compete in the WTA Finals and the Dutchwoman made a winning start.World number one Ashleigh Barty suffered a surprise three-set loss to last-minute addition Kiki Bertens at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Ashleigh Barty 's route to the Wimbledon final could be strewn with former champions, but for Venus Williams, 15-year-old qualifier Barty , whose maiden grand slam success at the French Open and victory at the Birmingham Classic last week has seen rise her to the top of the WTA rankings, is the

2019 Tour Schedule. WTA Tour records. WTA finals draw (self.tennis). submitted 3 hours ago by amy_sport. Red Group: Barty , Osaka, Kvitova, Bencic. Purple Group: Pliskova, Andreescu, Halep, Svitolina.

"It was already an honour to qualify for the WTA Finals, but to also finish the Porsche Race to Shenzhen on top is an achievement I'm incredibly proud of."

Pliskova needs a minor miracle to crash the Barty party.

The big-serving left-hander has to win the title next Sunday, be undefeated in five matches during the week and hope Barty is unable to complete the group stages.

Fittingly, it was China this time last year that provided the springboard for Barty's spectacular 2019 campaign.

Success at the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, the biggest title of her career to that point and coming after she had made the final in Wuhan, marked the start of her stunning run.

Fast forward 12 months and the 23-year-old is a grand slam champion boasting three titles this season as well finishing runner-up to Osaka at last week's China Open.

Barty's watershed year has also featured an undefeated Fed Cup in leading Australia to its first final since 1993 and a career-best charge to the quarter-finals of her home slam in Melbourne.

Barty's record-setting prize money season

  Barty's record-setting prize money season Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has sent her prize money earnings for the year crashing through the $10 million mark.Barty's one-from-two record so far at the obscenely lucrative WTA Finals has taken her on-court earnings for the year to an eye-watering $10.93 million.

The WTA 's elite eight were drawn into two groups for round robin play at the inaugural Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen -- read on to find out where your Top seed and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty headlines the Red Group, and is joined by Australian Open winner Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova

Great Britain's Andy Murray has been handed a challenging draw as he defends his world number one ranking for the first time at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The new king of men's tennis will face Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic in the round-robin stage at The O2 Arena.

She also won her first WTA Premier Mandatory crown at the Miami Open, became the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley 43 years ago to ascend to the top of the rankings and was the only player to make the second week of all four majors in 2019.

Barty is also the first Australian to qualify for the WTA Finals since former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in 2012.

Stosur, a singles semi-finalist in 2010, is contesting the doubles finals in Shenzhen with Zhang Shuai.

Groups for the WTA Finals round-robin stages in Shenzhen (prefix denotes seeding):

RED GROUP

1-Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

3-Naomi Osaka (JPN)

6-Petra Kvitova ((CZE)

7-Belinda Bencic (SUI)

PURPLE GROUP

2-Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

4-Bianca Andreescu (CAN)

5-Simona Halep (ROM)

8-Elina Svitolina (UKR)

'I'm pretty sure I deserved it' – Halep accepts Cahill's 'disgrace' verdict .
Darren Cahill said Simona Halep was playing like a 'disgrace' during the WTA Finals, and the Romanian accepted her coach's criticism.World number five Halep slipped to a 6-0 2-6 6-4 loss on Friday, as her season came to an end in disappointing fashion.

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