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Sport Barty's record-setting prize money season

20:35  30 october  2019
20:35  30 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Barty handed tough draw at WTA Tour Finals

  Barty handed tough draw at WTA Tour Finals Ashleigh Barty is poised to become Australia's first year-end world No.1 tennis player since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 but has a tough draw at the WTA Finals.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.

Ash Barty ' s 2019 prize money earnings pass million at WTA Finals in Shenzhen. Australia's world number one Ash Barty has seen her singles career take off in 2019, leading to an extraordinary windfall of more than million in prize money . Barty ' s one-from-two record so far at the lucrative

While Barty did not quite pick up the maximum .75 million on offer after suffering a defeat to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during the round robin phase, her prize money is still a record for men' s Barty has had a sensational season that has seen her rise to the summit of the women’ s rankings.

Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Shenzhen Bay Sports Center - Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China - October 29, 2019  Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens  REUTERS/Aly Song © Reuters Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Shenzhen Bay Sports Center - Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China - October 29, 2019 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her match against Netherlands' Kiki Bertens REUTERS/Aly Song Ashleigh Barty is not only women's tennis's top-ranked player, but also the tour's richest performer in 2019 after crashing through the $10 million prize money barrier for the season.

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.

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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.

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 .93 million. Watch the video above. The unprecedented windfall for an Australian player in a single season has more than doubled her entire career earnings.

Ashleigh Barty is not only women's tennis's top-ranked player, but also the tour's richest performer in 2019 after crashing through the million prize money barrier for the season . 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

The unprecedented windfall for an Australian player in a single season has more than doubled her entire career earnings.

And there could be much more to come if she beats Petra Kvitova on Thursday night to qualify for the semi-finals.

Barty would be guaranteed at least $1.45 million for the week if she made the last four in Shenzhen - and could land a $5.98 million pot of gold with victory in Sunday's final.

But even if she loses and misses the semi-finals, the 23-year-old will leave China $890,000 better off.

Thanks for coming.

The true beauty of it all for Barty, not that money's the motivation, is that her finals fate remains very much in her own hands.

While there's endless permutations as all four players in Barty's pool remain in title contention heading into Thursday's final round-robin matches, the equation is simple for Australia's world No.1.

Take down Kvitova and she'll top the Red Group and advance to Saturday's semi-finals.

If she loses, Barty could still sneak into the semis by taking a set from Kvitova and Kiki Bertens defeats Belinda Bencic in three sets.

Such a scenario would require a complicated countback involving games won and lost each of the competitors.

But the best bet for Barty is to beat Kvitova, as she has done in their past two meetings this year, most recently this month in Beijing.

Kvitova had previously had the measure of Barty.

The dual Wimbledon champion edged Barty in a thrilling three-set final in Sydney this year before toppling her for the fourth straight time in the Australian Open quarter-finals in January.

"I've played Petra a number of times this year. Each match has been exceptionally tough. We've kind of split them a little bit," Barty said.

"Conditions are different here. Changes things a little bit.

"We'll figure out a way we'll nullify her strengths and get it back to my patterns as much as we can."

If she progresses, Barty will play either titleholder Elina Svitolina, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the final.

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