Ashleigh Barty completed her rise to world number one with a straight-sets victory over Julia Goerges in the final of the Birmingham Classic on Sunday.
But Barty - who replaced Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings - powered clear to take the first set and, despite being broken early in the second, she battled through for victory.
Ashleigh Barty is the first Australian woman to seize the world No.1 tennis ranking in nearly half a century after claiming her third title of a phenomenal 2019 season.
She is also just the third player this decade to win the Birmingham title without losing a set, joining Sabine Lisicki in 2011 and Ana Ivanovic in 2014, underlining why she is viewed as a favourite for Wimbledon next month.
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"We started from scratch without a ranking and now to be where we are, not only for me, is a massive, massive achievement for them".
Ashleigh Barty has continued her remarkable 2019 form.
Goerges reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon past year and gained the initiative as she broke Barty's serve in the second game of the second set, but her in-form opponent regained parity by breaking back three games later.
The 23-year-old hit 11 aces and 24 winners and did not drop her serve once in one hour and 24 minutes on court against Strycova.
The decisive moment came in the next game when Goerges floated a backhand wide and Barty held emphatically to love to seal the win in a manner befitting her new, lofty status.More news: Afghanistan are doing better day by day, says Gulbadin Naib
Barty broke back, however, when Goerges sent a forehand out to get back to 3-2.
With just five defeats in nearly eight months and a tour-topping 36 wins already this year, Barty's ascension to the top is nothing but deserved.
Goerges, leading 4-3, took Barty's next service game to deuce with a superb volley, but the Australian extricated herself from trouble and levelled at 4-4.
Ashleigh Barty and her team pose with the Birmingham Classic trophy.
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