Barty un­fazed by the num­bers

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - LEO SCH­LINK

ASH Barty’s ca­reer has never been about num­bers.

Since an ex­traor­di­nary ca­reer re­birth in 2016, the Queens­lan­der has ruth­lessly fo­cused on process — to the ex­clu­sion of ev­ery­thing else.

With the Fed Cup fi­nal in Perth this week beck­on­ing as the fi­nal chap­ter in a won­drous sea­son, Barty has al­ready fash­ioned the most re­mark­able come­back in Aus­tralian tennis his­tory.

Out­side of Mon­ica Se­les’s re­turn to grand slam glory af­ter be­ing stabbed on-court in 1993, Barty’s achieve­ments af­ter a two-year sab­bat­i­cal are among the most in­spir­ing in the sport’s his­tory.

In­cluded in her in­cred­i­ble feats are stag­ger­ing met­rics:

THE first Aus­tralian woman to se­cure the sea­son-end­ing world No.1 rank­ing since Evonne Goolagong Caw­ley in 1976.

OWNER of the most victories in 2019 on the women’s tour, with 56. RE­SPON­SI­BLE for the best 2019 record for top-10 wins (12).

JOINT own­er­ship of the most ti­tles on tour with four ti­tles (on out­door hard­court, clay, grass and in­door hard­court).

AN UN­SUR­PASSED $16 mil­lion in prize­money this sea­son alone, more than an­other player (man or woman).

Buried in the avalanche of statis­tics is the fact Barty re­sumed just three years ago, ranked No.9999 in the world.

Her first cheque af­ter re­turn­ing to tennis from cricket was for just over $3000 at a third-tier event on grass at East­bourne in June 2016.

This year alone, Barty has climbed from No.15, mak­ing the fastest as­cent from en­ter­ing the top-10 on April 4 to No.1 on June 24.

That rock­et­ing 12-week rise eas­ily eclipsed the pre­vi­ous swiftest on both tours — Naomi Osaka took 20 weeks, Marat Safin 23 weeks.

“It’s been a sea­son of ups and downs, prob­a­bly more ups than downs,” Barty said af­ter land­ing the WTA Cham­pi­onships in Shen­zhen.

Her trade­mark un­der­state­ment, hu­mil­ity and mod­esty are etched in ev­ery­thing she has done this year.

It is par for the course for the French Open cham­pion to de­flect all of the per­sonal glory to her team — led by Craig Tyzzer, Nicki Craig and Ben Crowe — us­ing the word “we” much more than “I”.

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