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Ash Barty’s Career In Numbers

UbiTennis looks at the figures behind the tennis star’s career on the day she announced her retirement from the sport.

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Ash Barty has decided to call it a day on her tennis career at the tender age of 25 in a move which has shocked many within the sport.

 

The world No.1 is currently the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and has won all 11 of her matches played this year. A former junior star who rose to prominence at a young age, Barty at times found it tough to deal with high expectations placed on her. Resulting in her taking an ‘indefinite break’ from the sport in 2014 before returning two years later where she began to enjoy the bulk of her success on the Tour.

Now stepping away from the sport for a second time and possibly permanently, Ubitennis takes a quick look at the numbers behind her sensational career.

2 – second of WTA player to retire whilst at the top

Since the formation of the WTA Tour during the 1970s, Barty has become only the second player to retire whilst still No.1 in the world. The first was Justine Henin, who retired in 2008 before returning to the Tour two years later.

12 – total number of doubles titles won.

The first ever WTA trophy of any kind won by Barty was in the doubles at the Birmingham Classic when she was just 17 years old. Five of her titles were won alongside Casey Dellacqua who was the person Barty spoke to in her retirement video. Although her only major triumph in the discipline was with CoCo Vandeweghe at the 2018 US Open. She also reached the doubles final of a Grand Slam on five other occasions. Blow is a full breakdown of titles she won:-

  • Grand Slam – 1
  • Premier 5 & M / WTA 1000 – 4
  • Premier / WTA 500 – 3
  • International / WTA 250 – 4

Barty was ranked as high as fifth in the doubles back in 2018.

15 – total number of singles titles won

Barty won her maiden Tour title at the 2017 Malaysian Open and since then has triumphed at many top tier events. In fact, more than half of the titles she has won (eight) has been either at a Premier event or a tournament of a higher category. Here is a full breakdown:-

  • Grand Slams – 3
  • WTA Finals – 1
  • WTA Elite Trophy – 1
  • Premier 5 & M / WTA 1000 – 3
  • Premier / WTA 500 – 5
  • International / WTA 250 – 2

27 – Grand Slam appearances (in singles)

It was at the Australian Open where Barty played her first Grand Slam main draw match, as well as the last of her career. In 2012 she lost in the first round to Anna Tatishvili which prevented her from a clash with top seed Caroline Wozniacki. In total, Barty played in the main draw of a major event 27 times in her career between 2012-2014 and 2016-2022. Winning 57 out of 81 matches played.

Of those 57 wins, 24 were achieved at the Australian Open, 12 at Wimbledon, 11 at the US Open and 10 at the French Open.

121 – weeks as No.1

Barty has held the top spot for two separate periods of her career. The first was in 2019 when she climbed to the top on June 24th 2019 and held that position for four weeks until getting dethroned by Naomi Osaka. However, Barty soon regained the No.1 ranking on September 9th 2019 and has held it ever since!

As of this week she has held the No.1 ranking for 114 weeks in a row which is the fourth-longest streak in WTA history. Overall, only six other players have held the No.1 spot longer than Barty.

505 – combined career wins

As an accomplished player in both singles and doubles, the Australian claimed a total of 505 victories across all levels of the WTA Tour with 305 of those being in the singles. She won 25 out of her last 26 matches played before deciding to retire from the sport.

3.6M views

Barty’s win over Danielle Collins in the final of the 2022 Australian Open was watched by an estimated 3.6M people with a peak audience of 4.3M, according to OzTAM. Making it one of the most watched finals on Australian TV in recent history. Since 2005 only three finals have attracted a higher viewership, but all of those have been from the men’s tournament.

To put the figure into perspective, the 2017 final between the Williams sisters attracted 1.8M and the 2021 final between Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady was watched by just 1.1M people.

23,829,071 – prize money won (in $US)

With the exception of the Williams sisters, Barty has earned more prize money than any other non-European player on the WTA Tour. As of this week she has won more prize money than any other Australian player – male or female – in history, and is only of only two to ever surpass the $20M mark. The other to do so was Lleyton Hewitt, who made $20,889,965 during his career.

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Another Defeat For Iga Swiatek – Should Her Fans Start To Worry?

Iga Swiatek unexpectedly lost to Beatrice Haddad Maia in the quarter-finals of the National Bank Open in Toronto. This was the third defeat of the WTA world No.1 in a month and a half. Is there anything to worry about?

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It was an extremely close match played in difficult conditions. Swiatek lost to Beatrice Hadad Maia 4:6, 6:3, 5:7 in Toronto.

The Polish woman admitted that she could not deal with the strong wind, saying during her press conference “I think without the wind I would manage. But it was pretty crazy out there.”

Haddad Miai, who is the first Brazilian to reach the last eight of a WTA 1000 event, revealed that she also had problems with the weather.

”We have no influence on the weather, we have to deal with it somehow. I think mentally I managed to overcome it,” she said.

Three failures

This was the third defeat for Swiatek in a month and a half. She had been undefeated since February, winning six tournaments in a row, including a Roland Garros. After that, however, she did not reach the semi-finals even once. In Wimbledon she was eliminated in the third round by Alize Cornet and then in Warsaw in the quarter-finals by Caroline Garcia. Now she did not make it past Beatrice Hadad Maia in Toronto. Do fans of the Polish woman have anything to worry about?

Of course, Swiatek as the top seed should have played better against the Brazilian. However, it must be remembered that she is still only 21 years old and has the right to fluctuate in form. Even the best tennis players of recent years – Roger Federer, Serena Serena, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic – did not win all the games in their best time. Swiatek still has a phenomenal balance of 49 wins to 5 defeats this year. She is the undisputed leader of the WTA rankings and will probably end the year as number one in the world.

There is no doubt that the rivals are more motivated to clash with Iga. In addition, they increasingly believe that they are able to defeat her since Cornet, Garcia and Hadad Maia did it. But still, it all depends on Iga. If she improves her serve, she can be unstoppable again. Recently with Garcia and Hadad Maia, she had problems with the second serve. She must pay more attention to it.

Time for Iga

Time should play in favour of Swiatek. Before Toronto, she played exceptionally on clay courts in Warsaw in a tournament organized by her father Tomasz. Frequent changes of the surface from grass to clay and hard courts in 1.5 months are not easy at such a young age. In Poland Iga said that she had no experience with it, she was just learning. She continues to learn valuable lessons and still can be better. We should remember it.

It seems that in the coming days she will be training on hard courts. She could feel more confident and come stronger as in spring. In Warsaw Iga said that she treats the first tournament before the US Open swing less seriously. She was aware that she needed more playing time to get better results. Her increasing self-esteem makes her behave calmer, even after defeats. That is why she can return to the right path soon.

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Rafael Nadal Returns To Cincinnati With Shot At No.1 Ranking

This is what the king of clay has to do to reclaim the top position.

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It has been over a month since Rafael Nadal last played a match on the Tour but in the coming days, he will have a chance to return to the top of the ATP rankings.

 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has been absent from action ever since pulling out of his semi-final match at Wimbledon due to an abdominal tear. He was set to play at this week’s National Bank Open in Montreal but withdrew after feeling a ‘slight bother’ in his abdominal region following training. Nadal decided not to play after consulting with his doctor.

Instead, the Spaniard will return next week at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. He confirmed his return in an Instagram post, where he wrote: “Very happy to play again in Cincy. Flying there tomorrow (Thursday).”

Whilst the Spaniard will be finding his feet in the coming days, in Cincinnati he has a chance to dethrone Daniil Medvedev from the world No.1 position. Medvedev lost his opening match in Montreal to Nick Kyrgios. To do this he would need to win the Masters 1000 event for the second time in his career and hope that Medvedev doesn’t make the quarter-finals. Nadal won Cincinnati back in 2013 after defeating John Isner in the final.

So far in his career, Nadal has spent 209 weeks as world No.1 with his longest streak being 56 weeks in a row (2010-2011). In total, he has been at the top of the rankings for eight separate periods and last held the position in February 2020.

Nadal’s No.1 stints
-Aug 18 2008 – Jul 5th 2009 (46 weeks)
-Jun 7 2010 – Jul 3rd 2011 (56 weeks)
-Oct 7th 2013 – Jul 6th 2014 (39 weeks)
-Aug 21 2017 – Feb 18 2018 (26 weeks)
-Apr 2nd 2018 – May 13th 2018 (6 weeks)
-May 21st 2018 – Jun 17th 2018 (4 weeks)
-Jun 25th 2018 – Nov 4th 2018 (19 weeks)
-Nov 4th 2019 – Feb 2nd 2020 (13 weeks)

At present nine out of the world’s top 10 players will participate in the Western and Southern Open. The only exception is Novak Djokovic who is currently banned from entering America because he isn’t vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Jack Draper Considered Skipping Montreal Masters Before Getting Biggest Win Of Career

The rising star completes a trio of British players who have booked their places in the third round of the Masters 1000 event.

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British qualifier Jack Draper says his decision to play in Montreal this week has paid off after he scored his first-ever win over a top 10 player on Wednesday.

 

The 20-year-old stunned world No.5 and third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-6(4), in what is only his fourth appearance in the main draw of a Masters 1000 event. Draper, who is currently ranked 82nd in the world, won 74% of his first service points and blasted 21 winners past his Greek rival. Recovering from a 1-3 deficit in the second set en route to a straight sets victory.

Leading up to this week, Draper and his team considered not playing in Montreal following his 6-4, 6-2, loss to Andrey Rublev in Washington. However, their decision to do so was the right one. After coming through two rounds of qualifying, he beat France’s Hugo Gaston in the first round before knocking out Tsitsipas.

“This is why I put in all the hard work, for nights like this on stages like this,” Draper said in an on-court interview. “Last week [after] Washington, me and my coach probably were thinking we weren’t even going to come here. We were going to maybe train a week, get a bit of confidence. But it paid off coming.”
“I didn’t really have much of a game plan. I just thought I needed to play good tennis to beat Stefanos. He’s at the top of the game for a reason. [He’s] someone I’ve looked up to the last few years. It’s just good to be out here and try to express myself on this stage.” He added.

Draper’s win comes during what has been a solid season for the Brit who has won four Challenger titles. A former top 10 junior player, he won his first main draw Grand Slam match in June at Wimbledon and reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International.

Awaiting the youngster in the third round will be French veteran Gael Monfils who is playing in his first tournament since May. Monfils defeated Maxime Cressy 7-6(10), 7-6(8).

Draper is one of three British players to have reached the last 16 in Montreal. Ninth seed Cameron Norrie will next play home favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime and Dan Evans faces Taylor Fritz.

According to the Pepperstone live ATP rankings, Draper will break into the world’s top 70 for the first time next week.

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