Ashleigh Barty Joins Elite Company of Steffi Graf, Serena Williams By Entering The Centurial Club

Published 12/20/2021, 4:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: Ashleigh Barty of Australia speaks during media day prior to the the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty is on the top of the world right now- literally. Not only did she win 4 tournaments, but she also won Wimbledon this year. Moreover, she became the World No. 1 in June 2019. This week marks the hundredth in a row that Ashleigh Barty has been the World’s No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

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In fact, she is only the fifth woman to have achieved this feat.

Ashleigh Barty joins some elite company

Only four women before Ashleigh Barty have remained at the top spot of the rankings for 100+ weeks. Barty joins the club behind Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Serena Williams.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Ashleigh Barty of Australia walks off the court after a loss to Shelby Rogers of the United States during her Women’s Singles third round match on Day Six of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In fact, this is actually Barty’s 107th week as the WTA World No. 1. Moreover, the 100 consecutive weeks Barty has been at the top does not include the 20 weeks of frozen rankings. Last year, the WTA froze all rankings between March and August due to the pandemic.

 

In terms of total weeks spent at the top spot, Ashleigh Barty is in the 8th position. German tennis legend Steffi Graf leads the board with a seemingly-insurmountable 377 weeks spent as the World No. 1.

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However, on that list, Serena Williams is the only active player in the sport right now. Williams sits currently at the No. 41 spot.

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Australia honors Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty, along with compatriot wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott, was awarded the Newcombe medal this week. The medal is awarded to Australian players for their outstanding achievements in the sport.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Mixed Doubles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Bronze medallists Ashleigh Barty and John Peers of Australia celebrate on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

In fact, this was Barty’s fourth consecutive Newcombe Medal, the most any Australian athlete has won since the inaugural award in 2010.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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