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Monday, 9 September 2019

Barty back on top of the tennis world


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Australia's Ashley Barty has reclaimed the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings less than a month after losing it, while US Open champion Bianca Andreescu moved up to a career-high fifth after her maiden grand slam win in New York.

Andreescu beat Serena Williams 6-3 7-5 in Saturday's final to maintain a 13-match unbeaten run, where she also won the Canadian Open, to break into the top 10 for the first time in her career.

"I don't want to take anything for granted. These are the moments you live for and I'm just beyond blessed," Andreescu, who moved up 10 places, said.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts during her Women's Singles second round match against Lauren Davis

After taking the first set and leading 5-1 in the second, Andreescu was broken twice by 23-times grand slam winner Williams before eventually breaking back and winning the contest to become the first Canadian to win a major in the professional era.

"It definitely wasn't easy in the final against Serena Williams," the 19-year-old added.

"I think I'm most proud of how I'm able to get into my zone and I was able to block out the crowd too because they were really, really loud.

"If I didn't do that, I'm sure Serena would have won that second set so I'm really glad with how I handled everything."

Andreescu beats Serena in US Open final

French Open champion Barty exited the tournament in the last 16 but regained the top spot after last year's champion Naomi Osaka was also knocked out at the same stage.

The Japanese, who also beat Williams in last year's final, slipped to fourth in the rankings with Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina leapfrogging her to move up to second and third respectively.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep fell two places down to sixth while Williams fell one spot to ninth despite her run to the final.

Australia's Ashley Barty has reclaimed the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings less than a month after losing it, while US Open champion Bianca Andreescu moved up to a career-high fifth after her maiden grand slam win in New York.

Andreescu beat Serena Williams 6-3 7-5 in Saturday's final to maintain a 13-match unbeaten run, where she also won the Canadian Open, to break into the top 10 for the first time in her career.

"I don't want to take anything for granted. These are the moments you live for and I'm just beyond blessed," Andreescu, who moved up 10 places, said.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts during her Women's Singles second round match against Lauren Davis

After taking the first set and leading 5-1 in the second, Andreescu was broken twice by 23-times grand slam winner Williams before eventually breaking back and winning the contest to become the first Canadian to win a major in the professional era.

"It definitely wasn't easy in the final against Serena Williams," the 19-year-old added.

"I think I'm most proud of how I'm able to get into my zone and I was able to block out the crowd too because they were really, really loud.

"If I didn't do that, I'm sure Serena would have won that second set so I'm really glad with how I handled everything."

Andreescu beats Serena in US Open final

French Open champion Barty exited the tournament in the last 16 but regained the top spot after last year's champion Naomi Osaka was also knocked out at the same stage.

The Japanese, who also beat Williams in last year's final, slipped to fourth in the rankings with Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina leapfrogging her to move up to second and third respectively.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep fell two places down to sixth while Williams fell one spot to ninth despite her run to the final.

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