Sydney, Australia, 12 September 2013 |

Aussie tennis ace Ash Barty has been honoured for her stunning on-court achievements by winning the Female Sportsperson of the Year award at the 2013 Deadlys.

The Deadlys are the national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander awards recognising achievement in music, sport, entertainment and the Indigenous community.

Barty, 17, won the award ahead of fellow nominees Kyah Simon (soccer), Vanessa Stokes (softball), Stacey Porter (softball) and Shannon McCann (athletics).

She was a worthy winner in light of her 2013 results; the Queenslander has been a women’s doubles finalist at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, all with compatriot Casey Dellacqua.

Those incredible performances, as well as winning the WTA Birmingham doubles title with Dellacqua, have helped Barty rise to a world doubles ranking of No.11.

On the singles court, she reached the second round of both the French and US Opens, made a winning live singles rubber debut for Australia in Fed Cup against Switzerland, and has risen 58 spots in 2013 to a career-high ranking of No.137.

It was the third year running that Barty had been nominated for a Deadly award, and her first win at the prestigious awards night.