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Sport Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener

17:45  27 october  2019
17:45  27 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Monday, 28 October 2019 Barty beats Bencic in WTA Finals opener | Sky Australia World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has all but secured her year-end world No.1

No favorites in WTA Finals , says Barty By Reuters. Barty will be meeting Bencic , the number seven seed, for the first time in her career after being WTA Finals 2019 Red Group: Barty , Osaka, Kvitova, Bencic . WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty picked up her first Grand Slam title in 2019, winning the

Ashleigh Barty of Australia© Getty Ashleigh Barty of Australia Ashleigh Barty has all but secured the year-end world No.1 ranking with a steely comeback victory in her opening match at the WTA Tour Finals in Shenzhen.

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.

It is a feat that not even grand slam legends Margaret Court or Evonne Goolagong Cawley ever managed.

Former Wimbledon and US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt, in 2001 and 2002, is the only other Australian to have held top spot at the end of a calendar year.

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Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both won three-set matches at the WTA Finals Sunday in a gruelling opening day of the million round-robin tournament. Barty joined the Japanese sensation at the top of Red Group with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic in one hour and 56 minutes.

Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both won three-set matches at the WTA Finals Sunday in a gruelling opening day of the million round-robin tournament. Barty joined the Japanese sensation at the top of Red Group with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic in one hour and 56 minutes.

The honour is a fitting reward for a phenomenal season of firsts for Barty, highlighted by her stunning French Open triumph in June during a life-changing 15-match winning streak in Europe.

Her tour-topping 53rd win of the year on Sunday also leaves Barty on track to qualify for the semi-finals at the season-ending showpiece, and the chance to crown her triumphant 2019 campaign in ultimate fashion.

The top seed can all but clinch a spot in the final four with another pool win on Tuesday against Naomi Osaka, who opened her campaign with a dogged 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 6-4 denial of 2011 season-ending champion Petra Kvitova.

The champion in China will bank the biggest cheque ever offered in men's or women's tennis, for at least $US4.1 million or $US4.7 ($A6 million or $A6.9 million) if they win the title undefeated.

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Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both won three-set matches at the WTA Finals in a gruelling opening day of the million round-robin tournament. A refocused Osaka put the foot down in the deciding set but could not convert two match points in the eighth game before finally closing it out in the 10th.

SHENZHEN, China: Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty both won three-set matches at the WTA Finals Sunday in a gruelling opening day of the million round-robin tournament. Barty joined the Japanese sensation at the top of Red Group with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic in one hour and 56

But money can't buy the season Barty has put together.

"It's been an incredibly consistent year across all surfaces, across all contintents in the world," said Barty, the winner of titles on clay, grass and hard courts in 2019 and now chasing one indoors.

"I feel like (I've) played an exceptional level of tennis."

Bencic, also making her debut at the WTA Finals, certainly made Barty play some exceptional tennis in the first meeting between the two.

Playing aggressively from the back, the US Open semi-finalist took the opening set after claiming the only service break in the 11th game.

But just as she had done 10 previous times this year, Barty showed substance to match her class to rally from a set down and later sealed it with her 10th ace after one hour and 56 minutes.

Ash Barty wins WTA Finals over Elina Svitolina to claim biggest prize packet in tennis history .
Ash Barty claims the biggest winner's cheque in tennis history, beating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina to win the WTA Finals title and a $6.4 million prize packet.The cheque could have been even bigger, at $6.8 million, had she gone through the tournament undefeated, but a first-up loss to Kiki Bertens in the round-robin stage cost the world number one a few hundred thousand dollars.

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