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Birmingham | Barty one match away from becoming world No.1

Birmingham | Barty one match away from becoming world No.1

Ashleigh Barty is on the brink of reaching the top of the ranking tree and success in Sunday’s Nature-Valley Classic final and become the first Australian to reach No.1 in 43 years.

It is not going to change the way that I sleep at night, if I don't get there or not. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. Ashleigh Barty

The 23-year-old beat Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-4 over 84-minutes, hitting 11 aces and 24 winners in her semi-final to advance to her third final of the season and extend her winning streak to 11 consecutive matches.

Standing in the way of Barty overtaking Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the top of the WTA rankings is a familiar foe in the shape of her doubles partner Julia Goerges, who beat Petra Martic 6-4 6-3 in the other semi-final.

Barty would be the first female Australian world No 1 since Evonne Goolagong Cawley, but she is trying to ignore that possibility.

“I keep it very simple. I don’t focus on them at all. They are things I can’t control necessarily,” Barty told reporters after her victory.

“I have to try and do what I can do and that is prepare and do as best that I can tomorrow and try and play a good tennis match and if I win, it’s a bonus.

“They are all things that come with it. But those things are certainly not what I’m worried about.

“It is not going to change the way that I sleep at night, if I don’t get there or not. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Barty’s last defeat came on May 16 against Kristina Mladenovic at the Italian Open in Rome.

 






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