Ashleigh Barty wins Birmingham title to dethrone Naomi Osaka as world number one

Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty has won the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, a win that will see her end Naomi Osaka’s 21-week run as world number one.

Barty had a major breakthrough at the French Open earlier this month where she claimed her first Grand Slam title.

She has now backed that up with an impressive 6-3, 7-5 win over eighth-seed Julia Goerges.

“It’s a dream come true to be the World No.1,” said Barty.

“My team and I have put in so much work and I’m very proud of what we have achieved.

“It’s an honor to be in this position, which has been held by the legends of our sport who I respect and admire greatly.

“It wasn’t something that was even in my realm for this year, we were aiming for top ten and to be where we are is a testament to all the people around me.”

Barty will now head to her final Wimbledon warm-up Eastbourne next week as top seed.

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