Australia, 17 November 2020 | Leigh Rogers

The WTA Tour have published its year-end rankings for 2020 – and for only the second time in history, an Australian woman tops the singles list.

Ash Barty has recorded her second consecutive year-end No.1 finish.

The 24-year-old’s season highlights include winning the inaugural Adelaide International in January and a career-best Australian Open semifinal appearance.

The WTA rankings are traditionally based on a 52-week system, however a revised format that counts results from March 2019 to November 2020 was introduced due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This means players’ best results within this extended period now count towards their ranking, taking into account the five-month tour suspension and ongoing safety concerns that restricted competition opportunities during the 2020 season.

In Barty’s case, ranking points from her Roland Garros and WTA Finals title victories in 2019 remain on her tally.

Seven Australian women finished inside the world’s top 150, with Maddison Inglis recording her best year-end ranking.

However, Sam Stosur’s streak of 16 consecutive year-end top-100 finishes has ended. The 36-year-old, who is aiming to return to the tour from maternity leave in January, is playing her first event since March at this week’s UTR Pro Tennis Series in Melbourne.

Player Ranking Points
1 Ash Barty No.1 8717
2 Ajla Tomljanovic No.68 1035
3 Sam Stosur No.112 667
4 Astra Sharma No.128 589
5 Maddison Inglis No.129 586
6 Lizette Cabrera No.140 544
7 Priscilla Hon No.147 500
8 Arina Rodionova No.168 428
9 Destanee Aiava No.214 304
10 Ellen Perez No.234 279

Six Australians feature in the year-end top 100 in doubles, with Barty the top-ranked Aussie at No.14.

There was a new career-high for Ellen Perez, recording her first year-end top-50 finish. Storm Sanders also recorded her highest-ever season finish.

Player Ranking Points
1 Ash Barty No.14 4060
2 Sam Stosur No.31 2642
3 Ellen Perez No.47 1915
4 Storm Sanders No.65 1400
5 Arina Rodionova No.69 1335
6 Monique Adamczak No.78 1200
7 Astra Sharma No.109 823
8 Jessica Moore No.120 722
9 Ajla Tomljanovic No.127 690
10 Alison Bai No.155 554

The ATP Tour year-end rankings are published later this month. Their season continues with the ATP Finals in London this week, where Australia’s John Peers is looking to win a third title at the elite season-ending championships.

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