Barty favourite

Daily Mercury - - DIGEST SPORT -

TEN­NIS: Ashleigh Barty, Aus­tralia’s most im­proved player in 2017, is favourite to win Aus­tralian ten­nis’s most pres­ti­gious award, the New­combe Medal. Barty was an­nounced yes­ter­day as one of five fi­nal­ists for the award, which will be pre­sented in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 27. Barty be­gan the year ranked out­side the top 200 but en­joyed phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess, in­clud­ing her first WTA tour ti­tle in Malaysia in March and beat­ing four top 10 play­ers on the way to the fi­nal of the Wuhan Open in Septem­ber. She only re­turned to top-flight ten­nis late last year and ended the 2017 sea­son ranked No 17.

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