June 23, 2019 / 1:57 PM / 4 months ago

Factbox: Ashleigh Barty's rise to number one in the world

(Reuters) - Factbox on Ashleigh Barty, who will become the first Australian woman in 43 years to be ranked world number one in singles after she beat Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Sunday.

Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - June 23, 2019 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the final against Germany's Julia Goerges Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Born: April 24, 1996 in Ipswich, Australia (age 23)

Grand Slam titles: 1 (French Open 2019)

EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND

Began playing tennis aged five when parents Robert and Josie introduced her to the sport.

Won her only junior Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2011.

Her father is an Ngarigo Indigenous Australian through one of his grandmothers and Barty is a campaigner for indigenous Australians.

CAREER TO DATE

*After starting her career on the ITF circuit in Australia in 2010, she played her first WTA qualifying event at the U.S. Open the following year.

*Claimed four singles titles and two doubles titles on the ITF circuit in 2012.

*Won one WTA doubles title and reached three Grand Slam doubles finals with Casey Dellacqua in 2013 (Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open). Captured two ITF doubles titles.

*After winning another WTA doubles title in 2014, she took a break from tennis following the U.S. Open and had a successful stint at the Brisbane Heat cricket team in the Women’s Big Bash League, before returning in 2016.

*Broke into the top 20 in 2017, clinching her first WTA singles title at Kuala Lumpur as a qualifier. She reached two more singles finals, at Birmingham and Wuhan, before becoming Australia’s number one player.

*Won her second and third WTA singles titles at Nottingham and Zhuhai to finish 2018 ranked 15 in the world. Claimed four more doubles titles.

*Sealed her first title of 2019 at Miami in March before clinching her maiden Grand Slam at the French Open.

*Claimed her third title of the year in Birmingham and will displace Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings on Monday to emulate compatriot Evonne Goolagong’s feat from 1976.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru

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