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Ash Barty Is The 2019 Sportswoman Of The Year

Tennis superstar Ash Barty is Women’s Health’s Sportswoman of the Year for 2019.

“It’s been an incredible year, I think just knowing that all of the hard work that myself and my team have put in has paid off with some incredible results, I’m very fortunate to be nominated among so many other empowering women in Australian sport and to come away with a win is just a bonus,” Ash Barty said in her acceptance video. 

“I wish I could have been there tonight to experience a room of some many strong, powerful women in our sport, and all of their support staff as well because we don’t get to where we are alone it takes a village and it takes a team,” she added. “I think the best part about this night is that it’s a celebration for all of us, it’s a celebration for every sport, women in every sport and it’s a very very powerful night.”

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Watch Ash Barty on winning the Moment of the Year Award below…

One of Australia’s biggest assets, Ash Barty was always destined for sporting success, winning the Wimbledon girls’ singles title in 2011 at age 15. Currently ranked #1 in the world singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, hers is one of the greatest (and most inspiring) sporting stories of recent times.

At the age of just 23, this year Barty became the first Australian to the French Open in 46 years, since her idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley. This incredible achievement made her only the second Aussie woman ever to take top spot on the world tennis rankings, rising from #623 to #1 in just three years.

A huge congratulations to Ash Barty and we can’t wait to see what her future holds. 

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health.

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