Barty Joins Elite With Special Achievement

November 22, 2021 by

Australia’s Ash Barty has secured her spot among tennis’ elite. She’s only the fifth woman to finish three consecutive years as world No. 1.

Even though Barty hasn’t competed for over two months, her five-trophy campaign in 2021 had set her so far ahead of her contemporaries that she’d managed to retain her place at the top nonetheless.

While some analysts considered Barty undeserving of the victory last year because of the global pause on the points standings, there can be no doubt of her level of merit this time around. Not only is she currently celebrating 95 consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot, but she also this year secured her second Grand Slam title, at Wimbledon.

Her three years at the top sees her joining the very elite ranks of her sport. The only other players to have finished three consecutive years as No. 1 are Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova.

As for the end-of-season No. 1 doubles player, this year saw Katerina Siniakova walk away with the honours. Siniakova and doubles partner Barbora Krejcikova enjoyed a stunning 2021 on the court, which included a French Open title.

Commenting on Barty’s and Siniakova’s performances this week had been WTA CEO and chairman Steve Simon, who said both players had performed extraordinarily this year. He said after their stunning seasons it had been a delight for him personally to see them walk away with WTA No. 1 year-end rankings.

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