French Open champ No. 1 Ash Barty chosen WTA Player of Year

Tanya Simon
December 13, 2019

It is a realistic target, given she is presently ranked at number 5 and was as high as 4 in the aftermath of her US Open triumph, which was sealed with a dramatic win over Serena Williams in the final. The Canadian did not suffer a straight-sets loss during the year and has a dominating 8-3 win-loss record against top-10 players this year.

Australia's Ash Barty was named WTA Player of the year.

Barty's coach, Craig Tyzzer had earlier been announced as the victor of the WTA Coach of the Year.

The Australian was announced Wednesday as the victor of the top year-end award for the women's professional tennis tour, following her finish at No. 1 in the singles ranking and her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

Bianca Andreescu is enjoying the deserved fanfare for her spectacular 2019 breakthrough season on the WTA Tour.

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"And hopefully win another Grand Slam". Soon after, of course, comes the Australian Open. Last year, she finished the year nearly ranked outside of the Top 50 at No. 48.

Her miraculous run first started with a three-set defeat of Irina-Camelia Begu before sailing through her next matches; including a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Garbine Muguruza.

Andreescu came seemingly out of nowhere to win Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open.

Already the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam, she also became the first tennis player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, doing so after a unanimous vote in her favour. Her dominance was extended into the US Open, where she made her main draw debut.

Her winning streak ended in the quarterfinals of the China Open, where she played in her first Asian WTA tournament. Bianca had to stay out of competitions for long after she withdrew from Miami with a problem to her right shoulder. That injury kept her out of the entire clay season and made a rookie's mistake of trying to rush her comeback at the French Open, where she needed to give a walkover in the second round. But from a slip outside the top 300, she finally regained her top-10 place this season with her best-yet season. Her success is duly noted, but it's her demeanor and respect for other players on the court that shines through. She battled lower-body injuries at times and hurt her knee at the WTA Finals six weeks ago.

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