“It’s been a great ride. I’m ready for the next chapter. I’m really excited about what’s next to come.”
At the Auckland Classic, Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open, breaking a three-year drought.
“I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now-husband Alexis Ohanian. I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why,” recalled Williams.
“There’s a lot of girls that are deserving of that centre-court spot,” the experienced player said.
She became the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equalled Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings. She became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era. However, now Williams is itching to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.
“It was really fun — my sister was there. She made me paddleboard, and then the current took us and I almost died,” Osaka said in an interview.
“Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that – she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,” Allaster said. “Her records speak for themselves.”
The journey to World No. 1 was outstanding since Barty started the season ranked 15th without a grand slam quarter-final to her name. She finishes the season as the best player in the world.
Ashleigh Barty claimed biggest prize money in tennis history at WTA Finals, producing one of the best matches of her career in the final.
“I think the low end would be $10,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to $25,000 or $50,000,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions
In June this year, Barty, who once was a star cricketer, became only the second Australian woman to top the world rankings after winning the Birmingham WTA title.
Designed by Marvel, which is known for its hugely popular creation of characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, and The Avengers, among others, Osaka unveiled the character saying, “It’s like a dream to have become my favourite Marvel superhero!!