Over the last four years, we have seen Ashleigh Barty make an exceptional return to professional tennis in 2016 after falling out of love with the sport in 2014.
It was the break that you could say that Barty needed, as she is currently ranked the world’s number one player after her meteoric rise up the WTA rankings.
Barty is a modest and humble individual making the perfect role model for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Women’s Game looked back at Australia’s Golden Girl of tennis best career moments so far.
THE GRAND RETURN FROM CRICKET
When Barty returned to tennis after two years she whizzed past Japan's Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2 at the Malaysian Open final.
The title win was her maiden WTA singles title in Kuala Lumpur. It would go down as one of Barty’s best career moments on her return to tennis and of the decade breaking into the world's top 100 rankings for the first time.
BREAKING THE DUCK IN OZ
At the start of the 2020 WTA tour season, Barty won her first WTA title on home soil at the Adelaide International. It was a straight-sets win over the number 24 seed Ukrainian Dayama Yastremska 6-2, 7-5. Barty was in complete control in the match, only conceding two points on serve in the first set that lasted for 30-minutes.
The Ukrainian was unable to stop the dominance shown from Barty, as she made 14 unforced errors and she served three double faults in the first set. For the Queenslander, to notch up her maiden WTA title in Australia would be a career moment Barty would cherish.