Ashleigh Barty world #2 after French Open final triumph

Posted: 9 June 2019 9:08 am

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Australian Ashleigh Barty broke through for her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in the early hours of June 9 and enjoyed a huge WTA rankings boost.

Congratulations Ash! Australia's number one tennis player continued her upwards trajectory with a stunning French Open victory in Paris, France, overnight. After a delayed start thanks to a five-set epic between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem (the latter won), Barty wasted no time putting rising Czech star Markéta Vondroušová to the sword.

In fact, it wasn't until midway through the second set that Vondroušová was even able to hold serve, such was Barty's composure. Dare we say it, but she would have beaten any opponent on the day and now the WTA rankings reflect her form.

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Ashleigh Barty ranking after French Open

Ashleigh Barty came into the French Open already on the up. A quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open and strong performances in the US and across the clay-court season pushed her into the Top 10. As a result, Barty was the 8th seed heading into the French Open. After winning the French Open final, however, she has skyrocketed up to have the number 2 WTA ranking in the world.

It's the highest ranking for any Australian tennis player since Lleyton Hewitt back in 2003, when he achieved the last of his brilliant 80 weeks as the world's best player. Can Ashleigh go to the top? Can she go longer than Lleyton? Time will tell. But after bowing out in the third round at last year's Wimbledon, a solid result at the prestigious tournament will give her another massive rankings boost.

One thing is for sure, she's hot on the heels of Naomi Osaka, the current world WTA number one.

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