These are the five next would-be legends in women's tennis who will provide the biggest threat to Ash Barty over the Australian number one's career.
Amanda Anisimova (United States of America)
American Amanda Anisimova is 18-years-old and is already the second-highest ranked US WTA player with a ranking of 28 in the world as of March 16, 2020.
The American reached her highest career world ranking of 21 on October 21, 2019. 2019 was a huge year for Animisova, as she won her maiden WTA title in April 2019 at the Bogota, Copa Colsanitas, when she was 17-years-old and 222 days over Australian Astra Sharma in three sets.
At the time, Anisimova was the youngest American to win a title since 1999 when Williams won at Indian Wells (17 years old and 169 days). Also, in 2019, Animisova made it to the semifinals at Roland Garros becoming the first male or female player born in the 2000s to make it through to such a pointy end of a Grand Slam.
It was an incredible season for Animisova in that she made the quarterfinals at Mallorca and San Jose and to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open. Animisova became the youngest player at 17 years and five months old to make it through to the Australian Open Round of 16 since 2007.
Also, to add to her career highlights of 2019 was she caused a massive upset win over world number three and the defending Roland Garros champion Simona Halep at the 2019 Roland Garros in the quarterfinals.
Animisova’s style of play is aggressive and she is well and truly up there to become the next tennis superstar. She plays well beyond her years with assurance and this will help to make her way among the world’s best women’s tennis players in years to come.