Ashleigh Barty named WTA Player of the Year

Australia's Ash Barty returns to France's Caroline Garcia during their Fed Cup tennis final in Perth Australia Saturday Nov. 9 2019. (AP

The team won by gaining 44 per cent of the votes by the media.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu was named newcomer of the year after claiming her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Barty, who led the tour with 57 match wins, had ascended to number one in September and finished the year almost 2,000 points ahead of second-ranked Karolina Pliskova.

The WTA has announced world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty as its Player of the Year. In the category, the Aussie beat out other fellow 2019 Grand Slam champions Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, and Naomi Osaka. Back-to-back top-10 wins came over Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber as Andreescu fought through the physical battles to lift the Indian Wells title.

That she has also been as high as No5 in doubles-she has 10 titles, including the US Open title with Coco Vandeweghe-only adds to her reputation, as well as feeding her popular, all-court style of tennis. Last year, she finished the year nearly ranked outside of the Top 50 at No. 48. Mladenovic finished the year ranked No. 2, while Babos is No. 3.

The much-liked Dutch woman picked up this award, which is presented to the player who goes above and beyond in promoting tennis to fans, media, and local communities, after becoming involved in over 40 kids' clinics, charitable activities, and fan-friendly events around the world to help bring the game closer to the community.

Towards the year-end, she reached the finals of the China Open and won the year-end WTA Finals. What could have been a flawless season ended a three-match losing streak, losing three consecutive matches against top-10 players as she battled Naomi Osaka in a highly-anticipated encounter at the China Open before the slow courts in Shenzhen took a toll on her body, forcing her to withdraw before her last scheduled match.

Barty always refers to "we" rather than "I" in many of her post-match pressers and interviews.

She's now ranked No. 5 on the WTA circuit and earlier this week won the Lou Marsh Trophy as the top Canadian athlete in 2019.

Tyzzer was honored as the WTA Coach of the Year and became the second recipient of the award.

Her year will start in Auckland, where she made her first 2019 breakthrough by making the final of the ASB Classic.

How about that for a debut season on the WTA Tour? The men's awards will be given out at the ATP Cup in January.



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