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Wimbledon 2019 Ladies' Singles preview: Ashleigh Barty and the winding road to the throne

Wimbledon 2019 Ladies' Singles preview: Ashleigh Barty and the winding road to the throne

In less than four years, Ashleigh Barty from an unknown, talented player born in 1996 usurped Naomi Osaka.

At the end of May 2016, Ashleigh Barty gave his name from the qualifying round to attend the tournament at Eastbourne, a tournament below the WTA Tour professional level and with a prize of $50,000. It was the beginning of the grass season, and the Roland Garros tournament was still going on.

The Australian player was not seeded because during the previous two years, she did not play a professional match because ... turned to cricket, and the experience was just a round figure.

Exactly three years after returning to England's turf, Ashleigh Barty shines with the world's number one and "floats" in women's tennis. She became the 27th history player on the top of WTA, and also the second Australian after 43 years of repeating her compatriot Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Considered the Wimbledon champion prodigy when young at age 15, Ashleigh Barty suddenly gave up tennis to switch to cricket at the end of 2014. This period lasted more than a year before she returned to tennis in early 2016. 

Many argue that such a change could become a typical case for early sports athletes to refer to when determining their future path. Even coach Craig Tyzzer admitted that it was the best thing his students did.

Wimbledon 2019 Ladies Singles preview: Ashleigh Barty and the winding road to the throne

Ashleigh Barty & Coco Vandeweghe celebrate winning women's doubles against Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic at 2018 US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center

Eastbourne marked the return to Ashleigh Barty's tennis career with the circuit winning six consecutive matches here and that enough to get her name on the WTA with position 623. Then the series of five wins in Nottingham in the following week helped Ashleigh Barty qualify for the main round of WTA tournaments from 2017.

Ashleigh Barty version 2.0 is more powerful, assertive and creative than the first generation. "My play style is a bit different from other female players and I'm still exploring things for myself" Barty said.

Possessing a modest height of 1m66, Ashleigh Barty is one of the lowest players in the world women's tennis village. In order to overcome that weakness, she found an effective weapon. They are extremely heavy backhand shots, flexible shots on the net and wide field of view throughout the field.

Only 14 months after finishing the WBBL season with the Brisbane Heat cricket team to return to the tennis court, Ashleigh Barty won the first WTA title in Malaysia Open in 2017. The WTA Elite Trophy championship in Zhuhai in 11/2018 was the biggest title of her career to date.

Wimbledon 2019 Ladies Singles preview: Ashleigh Barty and the winding road to the throne

However, few can expect that Ashleigh Barty has jumped this year. After winning the Miami Open by beating three of the top five players in the world, the Australian player lost only two matches on clay. Soon she was crowned at Roland Garros to mark the first Grand Slam. Moving to the pitch, Ashleigh Barty still retained his strength by winning five matches to win the Birmingham Classic 2019.

So far, only five players after winning Roland Garros have crowned in the next England grass field. They are Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Margaret Court. That victory brought her to the top of the world with the number one spot, ending the 21-week dominance of the Japanese player - Naomi Osaka. Since Serena Williams finished 186 weeks on the No. 1 spot in September 2016, this position has 12 swings with eight different players.

In the Fed Cup arena, the main factor Ashleigh Barty brought the Australian team for the first time in 26 years to the final of the 56-year-old world women's team tennis tournament.

But above all that success, Ashleigh Barty is still herself with a timid smile and gives thanks to the coaching team: "It was an incredible journey for myself and my team. We only started from three and a half years ago without being ranked. Current achievements are not only my own, but the whole team"she said.