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Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty is now the world's number one female player

Business Insider | Jun 24, 2019, 11.07AM IST

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  • Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty has cinched the top spot in the world tennis rankings after beating Germany's Julia Gorges 6-3, 7-5, in Sunday's final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.
  • The 23-year-old from Queensland now becomes the third Australian woman in history to hold the number one ranking in the world in singles by the Women's Tennis Association, beating out Japan's Naomi Osaka. 
  • Barty now heads to Eastbourne International for her last event before Wimbledon, which starts on July 1.

Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty has cinched the top spot in the world tennis rankings after beating Germany's Julia Görges 6-3, 7-5, in Sunday's final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.

The 23-year-old Indigenous Australian from Queensland now becomes the third Australian woman in history to hold the number one ranking in the world in singles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), following in the footsteps of Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court.

Japan's Naomi Osaka previously held the top spot but was struck down in the second round in Birmingham.

"It's been the most incredible journey for me and my team," Barty said on the court after her win, according to 10 Daily

Barty took a hiatus from tennis in late 2014 to play cricket for the Brisbane Heat in the women's Big Bash League, but returned to the sport in 2016, earning considerable success. She has won several singles and doubles titles on the WTA Tour including the Grand Slam singles title at the French Open this month.

The former junior Wimbeldon champion celebrated her win over Görges, her doubles partner whom she has called "one of my best friends on tour," according to the BBC, with a simple tweet.

American tennis giant Billie Jean King congratulated Barty on Twitter and caller her an "inspiration to the next generation of young players in Australia."

Barty now heads to Eastbourne International for her last event before Wimbledon, which starts on July 1.

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