Ashleigh Barty added another momentous victory by winning her first WTA Finals title, in her debut no less.
She defeated defending champion Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday .
This title is the added bonus to her 2019 season that the Australian has pretty much dominated. She reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, won Miami, Birmingham and Roland Garros.
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As if players and fans could be any more envious of Barty, she also received $4.42 million, the biggest amount given to a tournament winner in tennis history.
"I think that's the biggest thing, it's been a growth of women's sport," Barty said about the record-breaking purse. "For me individually, and I think for all of us players individually, it's not something we think about. It's more of a kind of a general progression of putting our sport on the map."
She becomes the first Australian to end the season as WTA world No. 1 and finishes with the most victories with 56.
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, on the biggest prize money check in the history of men’s or women’s professional tennis being on offer on Championship Sunday at the Shiseido @WTAFinals:— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) November 2, 2019
“We’ve come from nothing and now we’re in this position where we’re breaking records." pic.twitter.com/XU7qVC2Voz
Barty is not done yet: She will take her momentum into the Fed Cup finals where Australian will take on France.