World No.1 Ash Barty will head to the Australian Open in January as the top seed after completing a remarkable season with victory at the WTA Finals on Sunday.
The Aussie beat defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 in Shenzhen, China, to cap a “crazy year” that also saw her win a first Grand Slam title at the French Open, and rise to the top of the rankings.
Barty won a tour-leading four titles in 2019 and on Sunday landed the biggest winner’s cheque in the history of men's or women's professional tennis – US$4.42m.
Next week, she will lead Australia in a first Fed Cup final since 1976 when the green and gold take on France in Perth.
"It feels like it's been a year that just hasn't stopped,” Barty told the WTA.