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    Ash Barty Just Became The Number One Tennis Player In The World – Here's How

    And she's only the second Aussie female IN HISTORY to claim the top spot.

    If you didn't already know, Ash Barty has overtaken Naomi Osaka to become the HIGHEST ranked player in women's tennis.

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    This comes after Ash, who was born and raised in Queensland, took out the win at the 2019 Birmingham Classic.

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    Why is this significant? Well, Ash is only the second Aussie female in history to claim the top spot.

    And in terms of overall rankings, it's been over 15 years since an Aussie tennis player – male or female – was ranked that high.

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    Old mate Lleyton Hewitt was the last Australian to secure the number one ranking in 2003.

    During her run to the top, Ash has also beaten the likes of Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova.

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    If you're not a tennis fan, these are all top-ranked players FYI.

    And earlier this month, she not only won her first major Grand Slam title, but ended Australia's 40-year drought at the French Open.

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    So the last time an Australian woman won the singles title at the French Open was in 1973. Can you BELIEVE it's been that long?!?!

    If you thought all her achievements were amazing, then here's more food for thought: Ash is only 23-years-old.

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    Yep, you read that right. Ash is only 23 and has already reached the highest ranking you can possibly reach in tennis.

    For a comparison, I'm 23 and still live at home with my parents. So yeah, I'm not even nearly close to achieving what Ash has.

    Tennis greats from around the world and local Aussie celebs congratulated Ash on her historic win.

    Congratulations to World No. 1, @ashbar96. With incredible versatility, perseverance, and focus, Ash Barty is an inspiration to the next generation of young players in Australia. Well done!

    When your back was up against the wall time & time again you found a way to turn it around & fight πŸ’ͺ you have always known what is best for you & done it your way 🌟 you are truly an inspiration sweetie & no one is more deserving of that number 1 ranking than you πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί #1 @ashbar96

    Congratulations!!! #ashbarty What a day for Australia, Aboriginal people, women, tennis and sport in general. So bloody happy for you πŸ™Œ 🎾

    Congrats @ashbar96 nothing changed, you were dominating juniors and now winning slams.

    Hats off to an Aussie legend like Ash, who is not only making every Australian proud, but inspiring women everywhere. πŸ‘

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