1 after Naomi Osaka bows out

Tanya Simon
June 24, 2019

The two-time Grand Slam champion from Japan never looked comfortable in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Yulia Putintseva in the second round, choosing to sit on the court instead of her chair at changes of ends.

"You always dream of it as a little kid for it but to become a reality, it's just incredible".

Barty's route to the top has been nothing if not an unconventional one.

Since then the Queenslander's rise has been remarkable.

"I'll have to have a feel for it tomorrow and see what works".

Barty's first two matches in Birmingham have proved that she still knows her way around a grass court despite her unexpected success on clay, and in many ways it would be a surprise if she does not go on to claim the title and the number one ranking.

The world number 19 consolidated that breakthrough to lead 3-0, the winners flowing from her racket, although Barty managed to prevail in a baseline duel and hit back in the fifth game. "I couldn't be prouder to be her coach", Tyzzer told the WTA's website. The Australian won in three sets when the pair last played at the WTA Cincinnati in 2017. "What has stayed constant is her genuine, humble and respectful nature".

Ashleigh Barty uses cricketing skills during the game against Venus Williams
A seven-times grand slam champion, Goolagong Cawley reached No.1 for a fortnight in 1976. Barty broke back, however, when Goerges sent a forehand out to get back to 3-2.

Australia's Ashleigh Barty poses with the trophy during a photo call at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Osaka seemed to steady in the second set as she won three straight games to find herself in front for the first time in the match.

The Kazakh earned the first break in the second game after a deep return, moving 4-0 in front with a return victor and clinching the opener after a forehand error from Naomi in game eight.

Barty is the 27th woman in 46 years to top the rankings - and the fourth-youngest in a decade.

Like Goolagong, Barty is proud of her indigenous Australian heritage, with her father having Ngarigo ancestry through one of his grandmothers. This year, I started to feel better with my movement on grass.

There will be no elaborate celebrations for Barty, however, as she said she was getting straight in a vehicle to head own to Eastbourne to continue her Wimbledon preparations.

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