Ashleigh Barty received a record prize in the history of tennis

Ashleigh Barty received a record prize in the history of tennis

Victory in the Final WTA tournament in China’s Shenzhen has brought Australian tennis player $4.42 million Before the next season she will retain the title of the first racket of the world


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The first racket of the world Australian Ashleigh Barty, before winning the Final WTA tournament in China’s Shenzhen, has earned in the course of the competition $4.42 million that prize was a record in tennis history — and among men and among women, according to the official WTA website.

Compared to last year when the Final of the WTA tournament held in Singapore, the prize Fund of competitions has doubled. It increased from $7 million to $14 million.

In the final of the WTA Finals Barty defeated last year’s winner Ukrainian Elina Svitolina with the score 6:4, 6:3. The meeting lasted 1 hour and 27 minutes.

In the group stage of the Final tournament Barty beat Belinda Bencic from Switzerland (5:7, 6:1, 6:1) and Czech Petra Kvitova (6:4, 6:2), defeated by Kiki of Bertens from Holland (6:3, 3:6, 4:6). In the semi-finals of the Australian tennis player defeated another representative of the Czech Carolina Pliskova (4:6, 6:2, 6:3).

Barty became the first racket of the world in June 2019, consistently winning the «Roland Garros» tournament in Birmingham. In August, she lost the lead in the WTA rankings Japanese Naomi Osaka, and again in September climbed to the first position.


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Barty holds the rank of the first racket of the 16-th week. She will lead the WTA rankings until at least the beginning of 2020, when the new season. At the moment, the advantage of the Australian tennis player over second-ranked Pliskova is made almost 2000 points.

The WTA rankings. The situation on 4 November

1. Ashleigh Barty (Australia) — 7851 point

2. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) — 5940 points

3. Naomi Osaka (Japan) — 5496

4. Simona Halep (Romania) — 5462

5. Bianca Andreescu (Canada) — 5192

6. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) — 5075

7. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) — 4776

8. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) — 4745

9. Kiki Of Bertens (Netherlands) — 4245

10. Serena Williams (USA) — 3935…

30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) — 1560…

35. Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) — 1425…

41. Veronica Kudermetova (Russia) — 1351

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