World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty awarded the 2021 WTA Player of the Year

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty awarded the 2021 WTA Player of the Year

Top seed in women’s singles Ashleigh Barty won the WTA Player of the Year award for 2021. The Australian player won the 2021 Wimbledon, her second Grand Slam title, in July. She previously claimed the 2019 French Open (Roland Garros) trophy in Paris. Barty, who won five titles this season, ended the year as World No.1 in the WTA rankings. Follow us for more OBN tennis news and tennis updates.

“WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty wins the WTA Player of the Year honor for the second time; she also earned the accolade in 2019 after capturing a tour-leading five WTA titles in 2021,” the Women’s Tennis Association said in a statement. Barty won five titles in 2021, including her second Grand Slam at The Championships, Wimbledon and defending her title at the Miami Open presented by Itaú.

Barty closed for the third consecutive season the year as number 1, equaling tennis players like Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. She also won the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne, her first tournament played since February 2020, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati that put her in the list of awardees in the WTA.

The 25-year-old Australian is now preparing for the next Slam at home, the Australian Open, which an Australian player is yet to win, between ATP and WTA, since 1978 where Chris O’Neil won. Meanwhile, former WTA World No.2 and current coach of Garbiñe Muguruza, Conchita Martínez won the WTA Coach of the Year and Czech player Barbora Krejcikova was named the WTA Most Improved Player.

Emma Raducanu of Britain won the WTA Newcomer of the Year award following her triumph in the 2021 US Open women’s singles title, her first Grand Slam championship. Czechs duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won WTA Doubles Team of the Year, while Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain was honored with the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award.

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