Back in January her season began as runner up in Sydney.
Little did we expect that Ash Barty ranked at 15 in the world to finish her year as world number one following an incredible season.
The Barty Party began in Melbourne, the noise at her matches was incredible and has followed her around the world.
Her achievements have been phenomenal this year.
Top 10 debut, world number one, Roland Garros, Miami, Birmingham and now WTA Finals titles.
Last year the Australian had just one top 10 win, this year she won twelve matches against the best!
I saw Ash take on Maria in Melbourne in a special performance but I didn’t expect us to be where we are now.
I met her in Birmingham when she just became the world number one in June and she was lovely to talk to and took time for her fans.
What I like about Ash is everything is always about the team, it is always about “we”. We win together and lose together, it is never about “I”.
The tennis from Ash was fantastic, the way she played her game was a delight to watch. She showed her ruthless side and probably saved her best to last.
I liked the way she keeps her level throughout the match and trusts what she is doing. Ash has the skills in defence and attack to control matches and this is just the beginning for the 23 year old!
There was a rally she won at 4-2 in the second set which left me speechless and it showed her raw talent and that is something you can’t teach!
Elina will obviously be disappointed but can boast an impressive 10 WTA Finals match wins in a row but ends her season without a title which is a surprise but I do see big things for her in 2020.
Not only is Ash Barty the first WTA Finals winner from Australia for 43 years and first Australian year end number one but has walked away with the biggest prize pot in tennis history.
An incredible moment for tennis but importantly for women’s tennis!
Ash’ season isn’t done yet as she will head to Perth as Australia look to win the Fed Cup for the first time in 45 years!