Ashleigh Barty rewrites history
Although world number one in the WTA rankings Ashley Barty did not play a match in February, the three-time Slam champion continues to dominate the world rankings, reaching one milestone after another. The Australian tennis player has started this year 2022 well, dominating in every match played.
Barty has indeed won both home tournaments played this year, winning the first at the WTA 500 in Adelaide and winning her first Australian Open the following week, becoming the first Australian tennis player to triumph in Melbourne since 1978, when she was still playing on grass. courts.
The 25-year-old Ipswich native has therefore won all 11 matches played this year, offering only one set to her opponents. Barty, thanks to her recent successes, has secured a large advantage over her rivals in the world rankings, retaining the top position in the rankings for the hundred and tenth consecutive week.
Ashleigh Barty’s records
The 2022 Australian Open champion entered her 117th career week as world number one by beating Justine Henin to seventh in the rankings for the most weeks at world number 1 in women’s tennis history.
From next week, Barty will detach the Belgian tennis player and aim for sixth place, occupied by a legend like Monica Seles (178 weeks). As for the ranking for consecutive weeks at the top, the Australian reached 110, the fifth longest strip at no.
1 in the history of the WTA rankings. Only Steffi Graf (186 weeks), Serena Williams (186 weeks), Martina Navratilova (156 weeks) and Chris Evert (113 weeks) have done better than Barty in WTA history. The fourth place occupied by the former American tennis player is only 3 weeks away and the 2900 point lead of the current world number one on the first of his pursuers would seem to announce an imminent overtaking.
Ashleigh Barty did not participate in any tournaments in February and will probably return to the courts in mid-March to participate in the master 1000 in Indian Wells and follow the other American master 1000, in Miami, to continue her series of successes and confirm that right now for the opponents, beating her is really a challenge.