Ashleigh Barty scoops WTA Player of the Year gong, Bianca Andreescu also among winners

Ashleigh Barty French Open

Ashleigh Barty was the big winner at the 2019 WTA Player Awards as the world No 1 was named Player of the Year.

The Australian won the top gong on the back of securing her maiden Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros while she also won the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

On the back of her French Open success, she became the first Australian since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 to reach No 1 in the world rankings.

The 23-year-old also won the Miami Open and the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham to take her WTA Tour career trophy title to seven.

Bianca Andreescu scooped the Newcomer of the Year title following her success at the US Open as well as the Indian Wells Masters.

The teenager started 2019 season outside the world top 150, but finished the year as the world No 5 on the back of her maiden major trophy at Flushing Meadows.

The Comeback Player of the Year gong went to Belinda Bencic, who won titles in Dubai and Moscow, and she also reached the semi-final of the US Open while Sofia Kenin was named Most Improved Player of the Year after finishing inside the world top 50.

Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic was named Doubles Team of the Year following their success at Roland Garros.

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