Ash Barty confirms place in tennis elite after ending third straight year as world No 1

Just four women in history have previously achieved featAustralian has spent 95 consecutive weeks at top

Ash Barty has joined some of the greatest names in tennis annals by becoming just the fifth woman to be crowned as world No 1 at the end of three consecutive years.

Australia’s Wimbledon champion has not competed for more than two months but such has been the excellence of her five-trophy campaign in 2021 that no-one came close to catching her as the world’s best player this year.

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