Australian tennis star Ash Barty named WTA Player of the Year


World No.1 Ash Barty has been named WTA Player of the Year for the second time after her success at Wimbledon.

This is the second time the Australian has won the award, awarded by the governing body of women’s football and voted on by members of the international media.

Barty has won five titles this year, including the second Grand Slam trophy of her career at Wimbledon, where she beat Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final.

She also defended her title in Miami and triumphed in Melbourne, Stuttgart and Cincinnati to secure her third year-end No. 1 ranking in a row.

Australian Wimbledon winner Ash Barty has been voted WTA Player of the Year. Credit: PA

The award crowns an exceptional year for Ash Barty, who announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend in November.

The 25-year-old took to Instagram in November to announce that Garry Kissick had asked the question.

Barty and Kissick are pictured looking in love as the world No.1 tennis player shows off her engagement ring.

The photo is captioned “future husband” with a ring and heart shaped emoji.

Other big WTA award winners included teenage US Open champion Emma Raducanu, who won the Newcomer of the Year title.

Raducanu, 19, entered the US Open as a qualifier ranked 150th in the world and finished it as Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion in 44 years.

Czech Barbora Krejcikova won the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year award after an exceptional season in which she won the singles crown at Roland Garros.

She also excelled in doubles with her playing partner Katerina Siniakova, the pair winning the Doubles Team of the Year award, which they also won in 2018.

Carla Suarez Navarro was named Returning Player of the Year.

The 33-year-old Spaniard announced in September 2020 that she was being treated for early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma and had undergone months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy before returning to Roland Garros in June.

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