MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ashleigh Barty is honored to turn into Australia’s first girls’s world primary since Evonne Goolagong Cawley however feels she has much more to do to be worthy of comparability with the indigenous nice.
The 23-year-old Queenslander was topped the brand new primary on Monday a day after beating Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-Three 7-5 within the closing of the Birmingham Traditional on Sunday.
The achievement has capped a exceptional run for Barty, who claimed her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros two weeks in the past.
Goolagong Cawley scaled the height of the world rankings in 1976 though it solely got here to gentle 31 years later after the invention of an error within the information.
Like Goolagong, Barty is pleased with her indigenous Australian heritage, along with her father having Ngarigo ancestry via considered one of his grandmothers.
“I am nowhere close to her standing,” Barty, stated of the seven-times Grand Slam champion. “To be talked about in the identical sentence is unbelievable.
“Evonne, she’s a tremendous human being and has set the tone for therefore many Australians and so many indigenous Australians round our nation and all over the world.
“She is a tremendous particular person. And what she has achieved in her profession was unbelievable and what she continues to do off the courtroom for us as a sport is superb.”
Goolagong Cawley was fast to congratulate Barty, whose achievement comes three years after she returned to the tour in 2016 following an indefinite break from the sport.
“Ash is a really worthy primary and successful on the French could have given her much more confidence,” Goolagong Cawley stated in an announcement on Monday.
“I’m so proud that one other Aboriginal participant sits on prime of the rankings in girls’s tennis, notably a younger girl who conveys such happiness in all she does.
“She actually enjoys being on the market and he or she has turn into an impressive and inspirational instance to all Australians. Properly achieved Ash – lengthy might your success proceed.”
Barty’s primary standing triggered a flood of different tributes in mainstream and social media for a participant who reworked herself into knowledgeable cricketer throughout her time away from tennis.
“An enormous Congratulations to @ashbar96,” American 18-times Grand Slam champion Chris Evert wrote on Twitter.
“Super story, expertise, and most significantly, particular person.”
Australian Hollywood actor Russell Crowe tweeted: “Ash Barty. #1. Good.”
American girls’s nice Billie Jean King additionally praised the artful Australian all-court participant.
“With unbelievable versatility, perseverance, and focus, Ash Barty is an inspiration to the subsequent technology of younger gamers in Australia. Properly achieved!”
Barty will head to Eastbourne on Monday for a final warmup earlier than her bid to assert a maiden Wimbledon title.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Modifying by Sudipto Ganguly)