Historic for her and for Australian tennis, one of the most traditional and prestigious countries in this sport. This Monday, Ashleigh Barty became the eighth woman and the first from her country to reach the 100-week mark as World No. 1 since the WTA ranking was created in 1975.
This Wednesday, the WTA classification turns 46 years since its inception and it does so with Barty as the queen of the circuit, precisely who reached one hundred weeks as leader.
Although her country had an exceptional protagonist, such as Margaret Court, who remains the top individual Grand Slam winner, with 24 in history (between the amateur and professional eras), now Barty achieved a very important mark in her career. rich career.
The German Steffi Graf holds the record for the time at the top of the women’s ranking, with 377 weeks. The Czech-American Martina Navratilova follows with 332, followed by the Americans Serena Williams with 319 and Chris Evert with 260, the Swiss Martina Hingis with 209, the American of Yugoslav origin Monica Seles with 178 and the Belgian Justine Henin with 117.
Thus, Barty joined that select batch of seven stars on the circuit. The Australian climbed to the top of the ranking on June 24, 2019 and was overtaken at one point by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, which she once again displaced from number one.
Therefore, it is an important feat achieved by Barty, owner of two Major in his singles record, that of Roland Garros 2019 and Wimbledon 2021.